Annie Saunders

Artist and Director in Los Angeles / New York City / London

Annie Saunders

Artist and Director in Los Angeles / New York City / London

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

Her installation The Home, a headphone-based experience for one audience member at a time for Santander Bank/Domestic Violence Awareness Month, won the D&AD Yellow Pencil ("Creative Excellence") for Spatial Design and Installation Design, the AICP Next Award in the Experiential category, Merit in Storytelling, Art Direction and Installations at the One Show, and two APA Ideas Awards in the UK: Best Experiential Project and Best Use of Technology for Good. The work is archived in the Department of Film at MOMA NYC. Her work for HP’s ‘Family Portraits’ campaign won a Shorty award for Diversity and Inclusion and Ogilvy Awards for Tech, Telecommunications and Data Innovation.

She is a member of the inaugural ONX Studio, an invited accelerator for artists working in extended reality through the New Museum and the Onassis Foundation, and an alumnus of the Devised Theater Working Group for next-generation performance-makers at the Public Theater.

Her ongoing multi-platform collaboration Up In Arms with Anna Maria Nabirye for physical and digital spaces is touring with Artsadmin and Octopus Theatricals. She is currently developing Rest, an XR project with a physical installation as well as a game-built experience for audience-participants at home, with composer Emma O'Halloran, commissioned by and created with Los Angeles-based ensemble Wild Up, with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

She is represented for commercial projects by m ss ng p eces and has created award-winning large-scale experiences for MasterCard, Santander, Hewlitt-Packard, Dos Equis, Bulleit and ASICS Worldwide.

Her essay A Case for Liveness was published by Exeunt Magazine and adapted in video by the One Club for Creativity in 2021.