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Annie Saunders


Annie Saunders is a multidisciplinary creator and director of site-specific experiences, and has created award-winning multi-platform projects for major arts institutions including the Public Theater, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Broad Stage and Summerhall, as well as site-specific projects in disused spaces set for demolition and experiential campaigns for multinational brands.

Her site-specific audio piece CURRENT, created with Andrew Schneider, Jackie! Zhou/One Thousand Birds and OpenEndedGroup,  won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Immersive Creative Nonfiction and the Tribeca X Award in 2021, and her large scale installation The Home, a headphone-based experience for one audience member at a time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, received an Honorary Mention in Sound Art from Arts Electronica, won the D&AD Yellow Pencil (Creative Excellence for Spatial Design and Installation Design) and APA Ideas Awards in the UK for Best Experiential Project and Best Use of Technology for Good. The work in archives in the Department of Film at MOMA NYC.

Her site-and-time-based audio work Kormós for the Onassis Foundation, also created with Schneider and composer Emma O’Halloran as well as numerous local creative consultants and contributors, ran alongside works by Refik Anadol and Marshmallow Laser Feast in Athens from May to July 2022. She is an alumnus of the Devised Theater Working Group for next-generation performance-makers at the Public Theater and a core collaborator with Lars Jan on Holoscenes.

Saunders is the founder and artistic director of site-specific performance company Wilderness, and her experimental project The Wreck for Opera Omaha was called ‘ingenious…a persuasive expression of complex female feeling,’ by the Wall Street Journal.

Annie Saunders is currently collaborating with Anna Maria Nabirye on Up in Arms, a multimedia project exploring interracial friendship, anti-racism and feminism, which has been produced by Artsadmin since 2019.

Date Title Venue City
7 May 2023 Up in Arms: Live Performance De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
4 February – 21 May 2023 Up in Arms De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
5–7 February 2021 Up in Arms Hungry Eyes Festival
A photo of artist Annie Saunders
Annie Saunders by Emma Jane Richards