Akia Squitieri - DIRECTOR, INtimacy director
Akia is a Stage Director, Producer, Arts Administrator and Teaching Artist based out of New York City. She is an active member of the NYC Off-Off, Indie & Off Broadway theatre communities having produced, directed, and performed with numerous NYC companies for over 18 years. She served as the Company Manager for the international sensation, Blue Man Group at the Astor Place Theater from 2007 to 2018.
Akia has received critical praise for her direction of both new and published works including “Hellcab”, “Goodnight Lovin’ Trail”, “The Last Supper”, "Crapshoot", "Bug", “Sprucehaven B” and "The Glory of Living" . She served as an advisory Board Member for The Paul Butterfield Fund & Society, and is Company Manager for The New York Innovative Theatre Awards & Foundation, where she serves on their honorary awards committee as Sub-Committee Chairman and as an At-Large Judge. Past notable credits include working on staff at Horse Trade Theatre Group, serving as General Manager for FRIGID New York’s inaugural year, and returning in various capacities every year since; she also served as Production Coordinator for nationally acclaimed Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, overseeing the playwrights unit and INSIGHT 13 production series.
She is a recipient of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards “Founders Award” for her contributions to the organization and Off Off Broadway Community and Two Time "Congeniality" Award Winner from the Planet Connections Theatre Festival for her community involvement. Most recently, she was awarded Outstanding Directing award for her production of The Glory of Living.
When not absorbed in theatre, she is an avid traveler and scuba diver.