Adriana Baer is the Artistic Director of Profile Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where she grew up surrounded by a vibrant arts-and-culture scene, she takes her inspiration from visual art, modern and classical dance, literature, architecture, new media, and music.
Profile Theatre directing credits include The Road to Mecca and My Children! My Africa! While Associate Artistic Director at The Cutting Ball Theater, Adriana directed Woyzeck (Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Direction), The Maids, and No Exit. During her tenure at The Cutting Ball, the company received four “Best of San Francisco” awards, including one for No Exit. While making her home in Brooklyn, New York directing credits included Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull, The Hairy Ape, Miss Julie, new play premiers including Killing Time co-conceived with Phil Callen and Kevin Dutcher, Tender was the Night by Jeffrey James Keyes and The Suicide of the Glutton by Jason Platt, and Stage Door and Between Mouthfuls for the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. Adriana was the Staff Repertory Director for The Acting Company’s 2012 national tour, bringing productions of Shakespeare to 32 cities in the US and Canada.
New play development, workshops and festivals include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Cutting Ball Theater, Primary Stages and The Lark Play Development Center.
Adriana was the assistant director to Robert Woodruff on the world premier of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Madame White Snake for Opera Boston at the Cutler Majestic Theater. She directed the remount of the production at the 2010 Beijing Music Festival (Century Theater, Beijing). She was the staging director for the nationally televised Boston Children’s Chorus Martin Luther King, Jr. Day concert (ABC network). Additionally, Adriana has worked with The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, SF Circus Center/Pickle Circus, and Theatre Communications Group. Assistant Directing work includes American Conservatory Theater (assistant director to Mark Lamos), California Shakespeare Theater (assistant director to Sharon Ott), and Oregon Shakespeare Festival (assistant director to Libby Appel).
Adriana is the founder of Central Coaching, an organization which offers coaching for actors pursuing admission into MFA, BFA, Arts Magnet High-Schools and Professional Training Programs. As a teaching artist, Adriana has also worked at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Columbia University, Vector Theatre Conservatory, Sarah Lawrence College Theater in the Schools, and Boston Children’s Chorus.
Affiliations: SDC, Lincoln Center Directors Lab West. BA: Sarah Lawrence College. MFA in Directing: Columbia University.