About the Speaker

Maureen Towey is a director, producer, and visual journalist working across mediums. She is currently the Senior Producer for 360 News at The New York Times. Towey has worked as a contributing photo editor at The New York Times Magazine where she produced their 2015 Great Performers series and their 2016 Olympic portfolio. In the music world, Towey worked as Creative Director for Arcade Fire on their Grammy award winning album, The Suburbs. Towey has also directed tours for musicians such as Ray LaMontagne, Esperanza Spalding, and tUnE-yArDs. She directed Black Mountain Songs, (curated by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry and starring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus) with a premiere at BAM in New York and subsequent performances at the Barbican in London. As an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, she leads radical community engaged arts events including Throwing Bones, Finding Penelope, and most recently, The Islands of Milwaukee. Finding Penelope inspired a documentary and a book, co-written by Towey, published in May 2016. She has been recognized as an AOL/PBS MAKER, a Princess Grace fellow, a TCG Leadership U fellow, and a Fulbright scholar in South Africa.