The 2018 OP NYC Greenhouse

The Orchard Project (Artistic Director, Ari Edelson) announced the eleven writers, composers, directors and companies for its 2018 New York City Greenhouse. In its first year, the Orchard Project NYC Greenhouse is a new NYC-based accelerator for directors, writers, composers and other generative artists to seed ambitious and unexpected work, form new relationships and develop a new generation of theater. For the Orchard Project, it aims to parlay the strength of support that has set the organization apart and transform it into a resource for its growing network of artists.

Over the course of the year-long residency, Greenhouse participants will become an integral part of the Orchard Project artist community. The NYC Greenhouse will meet monthly to develop and workshop pieces, share new work and receive feedback from their NYC Greenhouse peers. Membership in the NYC Greenhouse will peak in a session for NYC Greenhouse members at the Orchard Project Saratoga Springs, NY-based summer professional laboratory in June 2018. Members will also receive dramaturgical support, space resources in the Orchard Project’s NYC facility, artistic matchmaking advice from the OP artistic staff, invitations to OP alumni shows in New York City, artist events, and more.

Led by Artistic Director Ari Edelson and Greenhouse Director Mary Birnbaum, The NYC Greenhouse moves beyond the limitations of a traditional writer's lab and aims to serve directors, writers, composers and other generative artists whose work might defy categorization. It is a program intended to encourage collaboration between leading creative voices, adjusting to the needs of each member. In line with the Orchard Project’s focus on process and commitment to diversity of aesthetic, experience, and background, the program strives to bring together a disparate group of extraordinary artists and a myriad of projects. The Orchard Project will work with teams and artists on gameplans for the future life of all work developed through the program.