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Nela Wagman

  • Founder
  • Watermark Theater


    The founder of Watermark Theater in New York City, Nela Wagman has achieved a successful career as a stage actress, director, writer, and producer. Early in her acting career, she served as a member of The Cornerstone Theater Company. During that time, she played a number of memorable roles, including the role of Helena in A Midsummer-Night’s Dream, which was named one of the 10 Best Productions of the Year in Boston by the Boston Globe. Nela Wagman went on to establish her career as a stage director. Her achievements as a director include the ENCORE magazine Taking Off Award, and the OBIE Award winning play My Left Breast, and directing popular productions by writers such as Amy Fox, Ann Marie Healy, and Lucinda Coxon. In film, Ms. Wagman wrote and directed the film Magnetism and served as the co-producer for Urbania, which was nominated for the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and won the L.A. Outfest Grand Jury Award. Nela Wagman graduated cum laude from Harvard College. She went on to complete a certificate from the Circle in the Square professional program. A longtime resident of New York City, she presently resides in Manhattan. She is the mother of two children. Further information regarding the acting and directing career of Ms. Wagman can be found online at

    Professional experience


    Watermark Theater

    January 1995 - Present