Maureen Towey is a director and producer working across artistic mediums.
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).
For The New York Times, Towey has directed long-form content for NYT VR and served as the Senior Producer for The Daily 360, the only series in the world to create professional VR journalism on a daily basis. Towey has also worked as a contributing photo editor at The New York Times Magazine where she produced ten short films for their 2015 Great Performers series, starring Melissa McCarthy, Lily Tomlin, Michael Fassbender and others.
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. The project inspired a documentary, The Penelope Project, which played nationwide on PBS. The project also grew into a book, co-edited by Towey, 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.
In 2019, Towey will be premiering the short film, "The 8th Year of the Emergency", collaborating with Pop-Up Magazine as a contributing producer and developing several projects across television, film and podcasting.