current projects:

Dixon Place presents

Umbrella Houses

Created and performed by Nick Lewis & Emerie Snyder
Directed by Jess K Smith

Saturday, April 28th
9:30 pm

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002

Fact: The earliest metal-framed umbrellas were made using surplus steel ribs from corsets. Isn't it funny how the same things that hold you in, also hold the world out?

Umbrella Houses is a play about a man on a stage and a woman on the run, and how the things that protect you can just as easily collapse. He lives alone in an empty theatre--until he invents an audience to keep him company. She spends all her days traveling the world, sending gifts to random strangers who never write back. And you arrive just in time to see what happens when their paths collide.

Naturally, there will be a dance number. Dorothy and Scarecrow make an appearance, too.

Umbrella Houses will be performed on April 28th as part of Dixon Place's Works-in-Progress series. This is a one night only event, so get your TICKETS now!

ALSO! DRINKS! The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. Proceeds directly support Dixon Place's artists and mission.


Photos of Emerie Snyder & Nick Lewis
Copyright © Lydia Midwood


past projects:


The Intentional Theatre Group presents
a staged reading of

by Edwin Sánchez
directed by Emerie Snyder

Jessica Angleskhan*, Christian Conn*, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson*,
Carlos Ibarra*, Otto Sanchez* and Dario Torres

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
7:00 pm

Baryshnikov Arts Center
450 West 37th Street
(between 9th & 10th Avenues)
4th Floor -- Studio 4A

Please RSVP to

Clean follows six characters’ interwoven stories as they question the utter arbitrariness of love. A 10-year-old boy painfully in love with a Catholic priest; a virgin housewife and world-wise drag queen slowly falling for each other; and a macho father and his angry son, both at a loss for how to reach the women they love.

Ben Brantley of The New York Times describes Edwin Sánchez as a playwright of tremendous emotional conviction ... a playwright to watch closely.” This reading will be the first time that Clean has been presented in NYC since its 1997 production by the Atlantic Theater Company.

The reading will be directed by Emerie Snyder, Artistic Director of The Intentional Theatre Group. Praise from a review of her most recent directing project, NeverCracked: "Director Emerie Snyder has crafted two appealing works that cling to honesty and humanity." (

*Members of Actors' Equity Association



The Midtown International Theater Festival Presents


An off-kilter cooking show, followed by a desperate contest between men in neckties.

Never Swim Alone by Daniel MacIvor

Cracked by Gwydion Suilebhan

directed by Emerie Snyder
produced by The Intentional Theatre Group and Carissa Baker

featuring Daniel Dugan, Candice Holdorf*, Grace Kiley* and Nick Lewis

July 13 - August 2

A comedic double bill including Daniel MacIvor's award-winning NEVER SWIM ALONE, in which old buddies compete in fast-paced absurdist battles of wits, one-ups, and manliness. Also featuring the world premiere of CRACKED by acclaimed DC playwright Gwydion Suilebhan, a short solo play starring a woman, an audience, and an egg.

Buy your tickets here!

Performance Schedule:

Monday, July 13th - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, July 15th - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, July 21st - 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 25th - 5:00 pm
Friday, July 31st - 9:00 pm
Sunday, August 2nd - 8:00 pm

*AEA Members - Equity Approved Showcase


The Intentional Theatre Group is pleased to present a staged reading of

Let X

by Gwydion Suilebhan
directed by Emerie Snyder

featuring: Susan Bennett*, Laura Cable, Daniel Owen Dungan,
Noah Dunham, Shawn Kathryn Kane, Amanda Sayle & Steven Todd Smith

Sunday, May 11th, 2008
3:00 pm

The Bridge Theatre at Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street
12th Floor
(between Broadway & 8th Avenue)

Suggested Donation: $5

Join us for the New York premiere of this hilarious theatrical mind-bender!

"Fast, funny, and inventive" - Washington CityPaper
"A love story, with witty riffs on theater" - The Washington Post

*Member of Actors Equity Association



Check out the photos from Archipelago here!

Our first full production, Archipelago, premiered November 8-18, 2007 at Altered Stages in New York City.  Click here for all the details!

Archipelago is an evening of short one-person plays exploring themes of solitude, self, and theatricality.  

The production features solo works by established writers such as Samuel Beckett, Stephen Belber, Sheila Callaghan, Joyce Carol Oates, and Richard Strand. In addition, Archipelago includes five newly commissioned plays by FOUND Magazine creator Davy Rothbart, award-winning playwright Anton Dudley, actor/writer Brian Leahy and the it group's Artistic Associates Sarah Carbiener and Erica Rosbe. Archipelago is directed by the it group's Artistic Director Emerie Snyder.


All Work/All Play #2

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
7:00 pm
Altered Stages, 212 West 29th Street
$5 Suggested Donation

All Work/All Play #2 is the latest installment of the intentional theatre group' s reading series devoted to developing new work.

This night of short plays features Apocalypse by Jennifer Chang, Page Turner by Sarah Carbiener, This is Where We Lose Control by Erica Rosbe, and Two Hundred Feet and Counting by Marco Ramirez.

Cast: Jill Beckman, Bill Bria, Nell Casey, Noah Dunham, Melissa Figueroa & Pete McCabe.

All Work/All Play #2 is directed by Teresa Bass.

Those who attend the reading will also get a reduced rate ticket to Archipelago!


All Work/All Play #1

Saturday, February 24th, 2007, 6:00 pm
Walkerspace, 46 Walker Street
Located in Tribeca, 2 blocks south of Canal, (map) between Church & Broadway.

A/C/E, N/R or 6 train to Canal, or 1/9 to Franklin.
$5 suggested donation
All Work/All Play is  the intentional theatre group's  ongoing series of play readings focused on developing new works.

All Work/All Play #1 includes four new short plays: ANTARCTICA (purity)  by Anton Dudley, None of Your Damn Business by Anne Rumberger, One for the Books by David Hilder, and Sketch by Brian Leahy.

The reading features Sarah Carbiener, Emily Owens, Michael Piazza, Steven Todd Smith, Dan Via*, and Joanna Foster Wilson, with music by David Herman. All Work/All Play #1 is directed by Emerie Snyder.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association



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