Bio

Emerie Snyder is a New York City-based  theatre director, creator of new work, and founder of The Intentional Theatre Group. She frequently works closely with playwrights and other collaborators to commission, develop and produce new work. Emerie also draws upon her background in art history to explore the relationship between visual art and theatre.

Productions include NeverCracked (winner, Outstanding Production of a Special Event, MITF) and Archipelago, both of which paired published plays with newly-commissioned works. She has directed plays by Samuel Beckett, Stephen Belber, Sheila Callaghan, Joyce Carol Oates, Edwin Sanchez, Daniel MacIvor and Len Jenkin, and has developed new work with contemporary playwrights including Anton Dudley, Gwydion Suilebhan, Davy Rothbart, Mfoniso Udofia and Lally Katz.

In addition to her stage directing work, Emerie wrote and directed Walls, a short independent film (Official Selection, 2007 European Independent Film Festival). She also created A Voice Inside Your Head, an audio-theatrical experience for one listener, commissioned as part of Satellite Collective’s international art experiment TELEPHONE. Other directing experience includes Len Jenkin’s play Five of Us, and workshops/readings of plays including Clean by Edwin Sánchez.

Current and recent projects include Bodies of Water, a new play by Erin Breznitsky premiering at FringeNYC in August 2016; Exhibit: a play with paintings, an immersive play in the form of a gallery tour; This Is Like That, a new play by Michael Sean Cirelli; and Umbrella Houses, a new play with live video elements (presented as a workshop by Dixon Place in 2012).

Past work as an actor include theaters in New York and Washington DC, including Arena Stage and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Favorite credits include The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein (Arena Stage), Brooklyn Boy by Donald Margulies (Olney Theatre Center), Heaven by George Walker (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, US Premiere), God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch, trans. Caraid O’Brien (Rorschach Theatre Company/Theater J), and Schoolgirl Figure by Wendy MacLeod (Cherry Red Productions).

Emerie is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has studied directing at Playwrights Horizons Theater School and acting at the Atlantic Acting School. She also trained at Stony Brook Southhampton’s directing intensive program and ESPA/Primary Stages.

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