Emerie Snyder is a New York City-based theatre director and creator of new performance work in unconventional forms and places, focusing on site-responsive theatre, relationships between visual art and theatre, and solo performance.
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 Erin Breznitsky, Michael Sean Cirelli, Anton Dudley, Lally Katz, Davy Rothbart, Gwydion Suilebhan, and Mfoniso Udofia.
Devised works include: Ephemeral FM, a site-specific audio-theatrical experience; Dream/Home, a map-based “theatre by mail” project (co-produced by New Georges); RIGHT NOW!, a monthly absurdist online variety show (The Tank); and This is Not a Museum Tour, a tour led by a vintage Fisher Price tape player, created for Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC; EXHIBIT, an immersive gallery tour performance (developed in residency through New Georges, premiered at 3LD); Leafy Dreams, a performance in a community garden, and Play: a play and A Voice Inside Your Head (both commissioned as part of Satellite Collective’s international art experiment TELEPHONE). Emerie also wrote and directed Walls, a short independent film (Official Selection, 2007 European Independent Film Festival), and co-created Umbrella Houses, a new play with live video elements.
World premiere productions as a director include Archipelago, an evening of short one-person plays, and NeverCracked, (winner, Outstanding Production of a Special Event, MITF), both of which paired published plays with newly-commissioned works; Bodies of Water by Erin Breznitsky; This is Like That, a slide lecture play by Michael Sean Cirelli (All For One Theater/Theater for the New City); and TRANSMISSION, a participatory performance sermon by Gwydion Suilebhan (workshop, All For One Theater).
Associate directing work includes GNIT by Will Eno, directed by Oliver Butler, at Theater for a New Audience, 2020/2021.
Past work as an actor includes productions at theaters in New York and Washington DC. 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 studied directing at Playwrights Horizons Theater School and acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. She also trained at Stony Brook Southhampton’s directing intensive program. She was the founding artistic director of The Intentional Theatre Group, and was the founder of Ideas Potluck, a monthly community salon for directors and theatremakers, and former Arts Curator for Warren Saint Marks Community Garden in Brooklyn.
Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, New Georges Affiliated Artist, 2019 Resident Artist at Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC), 2021 Satellite Collective Fellow, and 2021 Brooklyn Arts Council Grantee.