About the Playwrights
Molly Smith Metzler is a playwright and screenwriter from Kingston, New York. Her plays include Cry it Out (2018 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation; 2018 Ovation Award for Best New Play; 2018 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Playwrighting), Elemeno Pea, The May Queen, Carve, Close Up Space… Read more
Anna Moench’s plays have been produced at WalkerSpace, the Old Vic, 59E59, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Cohesion Theatre Company, NYU Tisch, Indiana University of PA, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, The Kraine, The Looking Glass Theatre, and FringeNYC. Commissions include a collaboration with the Japanese… Read more
About the Host
Emily Simoness is an entrepreneur, teacher, facilitator, motivational speaker and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of SPACE on Ryder Farm, a nonprofit artist residency program and organic farm committed to supporting and developing artists and activists and their work. Housed on 127 acres of organic farmland in Brewster, NY, SPACE has quickly become one of the premier centers for the development of new artistic work in the country. Under Emily’s leadership, playwrights Clare Barron, Samuel D. Hunter, Brendan Jacobs-Jenkins, Young Jean Lee, Antoinette Nwandu, Adam Rapp, Sarah Ruhl, Shaina Taub and Mfoniso Udofia (to name a few) have developed new works. A former actress, Emily worked at some of the premier theatrical venues in the nation including Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Public Theater. Additionally, she has developed and taught acting curriculum for NYU and The North Carolina School of the Arts. Outside of her core work in the arts, Emily is a consultant for Bi-Jingo, a management development firm that specializes in communication and leadership skills for executives; she is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Steps I and II. In 2015 she gave a talk at TEDx Broadway. Emily holds a BFA in acting from UNCSA where she is the inaugural Kenan Arts Research Fellow. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and was formerly on the Board of Directors for Ryder Farm Incorporated, the family shareholder body that owns and operates Ryder Farm. In 2017, Emily was honored with the Lucille Lortel Visionary Award by the League of Professional Theatre Women.
SPACE on Ryder Farm is a nonprofit residency program and organic farm located on the grounds of a 224-year-old family homestead in Putnam County, New York, just an hour north of New York City. SPACE’s mission is to create an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and to contribute to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast.