Maureen Towey is a freelance theater director and the Creative Director for the Grammy-award winning rock band Arcade Fire. For her theater work, she received a 2009 Princess Grace/Baryshnikov Arts Center Work-in-Progress Award, a 2007 Princess Grace Fellowship, and 2006 Fulbright Scholarship in South Africa. Credits include Finding Penelope, Throwing Bones (Sojourn Theatre), Three Sisters (Working Theater), Emergence (Foundry Theatre), Swallow What You Steal (ubom, South Africa), Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document… (Boise Contemporary Theatre), The Vassar-Warner Project (NY Stage and Film/Powerhouse), On the Verge (movement director, Northwestern University), Collected Stories (Coho), CAKE (Ten Tiny Dances), crowd: a blanket of strangers (chashama), Wound Up (HERE), and four new works by Jess Lacher, including The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (Best Ensemble, FringeNYC). She has assisted Michael Rohd (GOOD), Brett Bailey (Opening ceremonies, Harare International Arts Festival, Zimbabwe) and JoAnne Akalaitis (Beckett Shorts, New York Theatre Workshop, starring Baryshnikov). Towey is a native New Yorker, a Sojourn Theatre ensemble member, an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, a former Development Director for Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, and a graduate of Northwestern University.

Towey has been selected for a SPARC residency at Good Companions. During her SPARC residency, Towey will be leading a series of movement classes exploring stories of longing and displacement. These stories will be explored through choreography and captured in a series of short videos.

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