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 made award-winning installations and performance works for major arts institutions as well as immersive projects in disused buildings and experiential works in public space. 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 project CURRENT, a time-based site-specific soundwalk though Lower Manhattan accessed via a custom platform, won the 2021 Tribeca Festival Immersive Creative Nonfiction Award and the Tribeca X Award.

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 ONX Studio, an invited accelerator for artists in extended reality (New Museum/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 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’ for Exeunt Magazine and adapted for video by the One Club for Creativity in 2021.