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 SPACE’s New York offices 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 January 30th, 2019 11am-4pm (with a one hour lunch) at 440 Lafayette Studios.

  • The workshop will be $65

the workshop is currently full and we are not accepting anymore registrations

To be added to a waitlist, please e-mail SPACE’s Administrative Assistant, Dylan Pickus, at


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. Under Emily’s leadership, playwrights Clare Barron, Samuel D. Hunter, Brendan Jacobs-Jenkins, Young Jean Lee, Antoinette Nwandu, Adam Rapp, Sarah Ruhl, Shaina Taub, Lucy Thurber 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.