2017: Asheville, NC (home of the original Black Mountain College)
Brooklyn Youth Chorus Choral director and conductor Dianne Berkun-Menaker Created by Bryce Dessner Co-curated by Bryce Dessner & Richard Reed Parry Directed by Maureen Towey Music by Bryce Dessner, Tim Hecker, John King, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, and Aleksandra Vrebalov
At North Carolina’s Black Mountain College, erstwhile commune and artistic playground of John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg and many others a spirit of radical democracy prevailed. Students and teachers shared roles and work, boundaries between disciplines dissolved, and art bled into life, nurturing an atmosphere of unfettered creative collaboration.
In Black Mountain Songs, performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, commissioned and produced by BAM and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and curated by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry, that collective thread is renewed. Seven composers—Dessner, Parry, Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King, and Tim Hecker—collaborate with director Maureen Towey and filmmaker Matt Wolf to create an expansive choral and visual work that celebrates and rekindles Black Mountain’s utopian spirit.
Creative Director, The Suburbs
Contributed to projects such as:
-- Internationally touring stage show and Grammys performance
-- Summer Into Dust installation for Coachella; collaborating with Chris Milk, the Moment Factory, and the Creators Project
-- Ground-breaking interactive video The Wilderness Downtown; collaborating with Chris Milk and Google
-- AMEX ‘Unstaged’ live broadcast at Madison Square Garden; collaborating with Terry Gilliam
-- Scenes from the Suburbs (Spike Jonze short film); co-producer of Behind the Scenes extras; photo commission for Grammy-winning DVD design
-- Commissioner for photo and merchandise
-- Producer of several Haiti-based charitable projects including the Haitian Creole translation of the BBC Planet Earth series
For The New York Times, Towey helped to found and lead The Daily 360, the only series in the world to create professional VR journalism on a daily basis. She led an extraordinary team producers and editors in collaborating with reporters around the world.
Co-produced by Sojourn Theater, UWM-Milwaukee, Luther Manor Retirement Community
The Penelope Project was a collaborative effort to dramatically raise the bar on activities in long term care. Using the story of Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey, our team of staff, residents, artists, and students engaged an entire long term care community in creativity and learning. Everyone was welcome.
Discussion groups, movement exercises, visual art, stories, and music all emerged from this multi-year project that culminated in the performance of FINDING PENELOPE, a professionally-produced play staged inside the care facility. Over 400 people attended the performances. The Penelope documentary is currently touring the country and the Penelope book is under commission from the University of Iowa Press.
Producer for Great Performers 2016 Oscars portfolio. Directed and photographed by Daniel Askill. 10 films, 10 photos, 1 virtual reality film. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Jacob Tremblay, Mya Taylor, Jason Mitchell, Benicio del Toro, Kristen Wiig, and Lily Tomlin.
Contributing Photo Editor for 2015 Voyages issue collaborating with photographers Glenna Gordon, George Steinmetz, and Bieke Depoorter.
Contributing Photo Editor for 2016 Olympics Issue. Collaborating with photographers Erik Madigan Heck, Devin Yalkin, and Catherine Opie.
Creative Director, Supernova Tour 2014
Set/Video Designer: Candystations/Deborah Johnson
Lighting Designer: Ken Mednick
Creative Director, Solo Tour 2012
Set Design: Mimi Lien
Lighting Design: Ken Mednick
(photo credit: Brian Stowell)
The Islands of Milwaukee
The Islands of Milwaukeeuses the arts to build relationships and create a more connected community as we age. A city-wide process blending engagement, performance, installation, participatory research, cross-sector partnerships, online activity, and in-home encounters.
Check out some of the radio segments Maureen produced with community partner WUWM.
Islands of Milwaukee culminated in an exhibit that took over Milwaukee City Hall in September 2014. Read more in this fantastic review.
Creative Director working across stage, photo, and video
Design Collaborator: Kate Pruitt
Nikki Nack Tour, 2014-2015
Portland, OR 2007-2008
Based on Towey's research as a Fulbright scholar, Throwing Bones examines medicine and mortality through a South African lens.