Maureen Towey is a director working across artistic mediums. She recently directed the music video, “Seventeen”, for the launch of Sharon Van Etten’s latest album. Her short film “The 8th Year of the Emergency” will premiere in 2019.
For The New York Times, Towey directed “Sensations of Sound” which premiered at the Margaret Mead Festival at The American Museum of Natural History and went on to win a Lumiere Award for Best VR Documentary of 2017. She also served as the lead director for The Daily 360, the only series in the world to create professional VR journalism on a daily basis. For The New York Times Magazine, she produced ten short films for their Great Performers series, starring Melissa McCarthy, Lily Tomlin, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender.
Towey has worked as a Creative Director for Grammy award-winning musicians such as Arcade Fire, Ray LaMontagne, and Esperanza Spalding. In this capacity, she directed international tours, Grammy performances and immersive live events. A highlight of her live performance work was directing Black Mountain Songs, which was conceived by Bryce Dessner (of The National) and starred the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BAM in NYC, Barbican in London). For this project, Towey led a multigenerational cast of 50 performers as well as an award-winning ensemble of musicians and artists.
Towey has been recognized as a Fulbright scholar (South Africa), a Princess Grace fellow, and as a PBS/AOL MAKER. She is in development for several projects across television, film and podcasting.