Maureen Towey is a director, producer and visual journalist working across mediums. She is currently commissioning and creating virtual reality for The New York Times. She creates long-form content for NYT VR and is the Senior Producer for The Daily 360, the only team in the world that creates VR content on a daily basis.
She has worked as a Creative Director for Grammy award-winning musicians such as Arcade Fire, Ray LaMontagne, and Esperanza Spalding. A highlight of her live performance work was directing Black Mountain Songs, which was co-created with Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry and starred the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BAM in NYC, Barbican in London).
As an ensemble member with Sojourn Theatre, Towey directs radical community-based arts events. She directed Finding Penelope , a site-specific play written by Anne Basting and featuring a chorus of older adults. (Anne Basting was recognized as a MacArthur 'genius', in part, for the work surrounding this project.) The project inspired a documentary, The Penelope Project, which played nationwide on PBS. The project also grew into a book, co-edited by Towey and published in May 2016, entitled The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care. With Sojourn, Towey also co-created The Islands of Milwaukee which culminated in a large scale installation in Milwaukee city hall as well as a series of radio pieces that Towey produced.
Towey has worked as a contributing photo editor at The New York Times Magazine where she produced ten short films for their 2015 GREAT PERFORMERS series. She has been recognized as a Fulbright scholar (South Africa), a Princess Grace fellow, a TCG Leadership U grantee (Berkeley Rep), and as a PBS/AOL MAKER.