Are you passionate about providing resources, time and space for artists, activists and innovators? Join SPACE on Ryder Farm's Founder and Executive Director Emily Simoness for a workshop on Creating Spaces. This one-day workshop at Ryder Farm is geared towards those eager to take the next steps towards creating a creative space for those who need it. The workshop will give participants a clear account of the origin and history of SPACE on Ryder Farm, what Emily and SPACE have learned along the way, tips for starting and/or growing your own residency, followed by a group discussion surrounding opportunities and challenges in the sector.

  • The workshop will take place July 14th, 2017 12:30pm-5pm at SPACE on Ryder Farm in Brewster, NY
  • The workshop includes a farm fresh lunch prepared by SPACE's chef-in-residence and a tour of the facilities and landscape

Interested applicants please fill out the form below. For more information or rates, please contact


Emily Simoness is an entrepreneur, teacher, facilitator, motivational speaker and the founder and Executive Director of SPACE on Ryder Farm, a nonprofit artist residency program 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. 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 OneOnOne, 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 2013, she was the chief of staff for the Beijing International Screenwriting Competition. 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 is 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.