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ORCHARD PROJECT APPLICATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

WHAT QUESTIONS ARE ASKED ON THE APPLICATION?

We have attempted to simplify our applications for 2021. Please see the "Application Criteria" link from the menu above for more info about the process..

Do I need to be based in NYC to apply to these programs?

Absolutely not, all our labs are virtual at the moment. International applications are welcome as long as you can join lab meetings, which will generally be afternoons or evenings US EST time.

Are there any costs for being a part of any program?

There are no costs at all for participants.

Will I be financially compensated for participating in these programs?

No, there is currently no financial compensation as a component of the Orchard Project's current artist support programs. Even though all residency costs while on site in Saratoga Springs (housing, food, etc) are covered by the Orchard Project, we acknowledge that inadequate compensation is a significant barrier to participation for many, and are working to address those deficiencies in our programs.

What are our obligations to the Orchard Project for the support provided by the labs?

In an attempt to make all our growing labs consistent, this has changed in 2021. More information is on each lab page, and sample contracts are even available, but in general, lab participants are solely required to provide credit back to the Orchard Project for any work developed within its 2021 labs.

How has COVID-19 impacted this seasons programming?

All of our programming will exist virtually until such time as it is safe for us to convene in Saratoga Springs once again.

Does having an agent affect my eligibility for any of these programs?

No it does not, although our programs are best suited to those with some experience manifesting their work in public, in any sphere.

Can I apply for more than one program?

Absolutely, although you will likely be invited to a max of one program.

When will I hear back?

Expect to hear from us in late spring - as we have eliminated our application fee, we anticipate our highest ever number of applications, and we apologize in advance if the review process takes longer than we would have hoped.

Are there age restrictions for applying to any of these programs?

No, there are not.

Can I be enrolled in school while attending any of these programs?

Yes, you may.

Will the entirety of the programs be digital or are they in person components offered?

Our labs are entirely virtual for the time being.

Can my project be attached to a commercial producer or production company and still apply?

The short answer is yes. We sometimes seek clarification of how we can best work with artists and partners already working together, but if you have any questions about this, please just email us..

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If I am working with a collaborator, do we both need to apply?

No - one application is enough.

Who will be reading my application?

Applications will be reviewed by a diverse and distinguished group of Orchard Project friends and alumni.

Will I need a completed draft of my project as a part of my application?

No.

DO YOU TAKE INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS?

Yes. As our 2021 programs are all virtual, applicants accepted into all the labs except for our Greenhouse program do not require I-9 clearance nor proof of the right to work in the USA..

HOW DO I/WE GET SELECTED?

Please read our 2021 application guideline and process document, linked here.

HOW LONG SHOULD MY APPLICATION BE AND DO I NEED TO SEND SCRIPTS?

We hate long applications as much as you do, so our application is intentionally very short. Complete our short online questionnaire. As we are interested in you or your company first and foremost, we do not require you to submit full scripts or writing.

Do work samples have to be from the project we are proposing to work on or should our best samples?

For the Performance Lab and Greenhouse, the objective for the readers will generally just be to get to know you and your work/POV as best as possible. So, the samples can really be from anything - as we know the work in both labs is in supremely early stages.

For the Episodic Lab, we have gotten a number of questions about whether non-project related samples are okay. While generally we would love to see samples from the project (as they will help provide context as regards the project itself), we want the process to be as accessible as possible. If you cannot provide a sample for the project, please don't let that hold you back - please submit a different writing sample (and include a disclaimer to let us know on the cover page) - but please understand that it might put our readers at a slight deficiency in providing full context. 

Do the same group of people review applications for the various programs (aka should we post the same work samples twice)?

Some reviewers will be the same, and some will be restricted to just one program because of conflicts of interest, but more important is the fact that the review panel is large enough that not everyone reading for one specific lab (e.g. Performance) will review every single application for that lab. Please asume that reviewers have not read something in another location whenever that question occurs to you.

WHY IS THE APPLICATION SO SHORT AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT?

Our initial application is intended to be the start of a conversation with you (albeit over the web) about the kind of work you do. Once we receive all applications, they will be assigned to readers and then come back to you shortly thereafter in order to add a few more specifics to your application. This system allows us to have many conversations simultaneously and slowly amass the information about you and your work our panel needs in order to create the most exciting and diverse season this coming summer.

CAN I APPLY MULTIPLE TIMES?

Yes.

CAN WE PARTICIPATE IN THE OP MORE THAN ONCE?

Yes. We try to balance the need to open ourselves up to new and diverse voices with also being a true home to our current family of artists. We never see a residency as a one off, but rather as the beginning of a relationship. Hopefully you will too.

WHAT OTHER ARTISTS WILL BE AT THE ORCHARD PROJECT?

We have already hosted artists from companies as diverse as Tectonic, Elevator Repair Service, Radiohole, Pig Iron, the Royal Court, The National Theatre Studio (UK), Belarus Free Theater, The Rude Mechs, A.R.T., the TEAM, and The Civilians, so you can expect a very diverse group.

GIVE BACK TO THE ORCHARD PROJECT

The Orchard Project was founded by artists for artists as a place to to take risks in an ideal location. We take no financial interest in the work we help create. We instead look at our work as a necessary part of production, want to assist production in any way possible, and thus assume that we will be seen by all parties as an associate producer with no financial interest.

Companies and artists supported by the Orchard Project are requested to sign a memorandum of understanding that they will publish the Orchard Project logo and credit:

TITLE OF COMPANY WAS A RESIDENT COMPANY/ARTIST OF THE ORCHARD PROJECT in press and publicity materials related to the company/artist.

 

In addition, on the title page of all printed materials of future readings, workshops, productions, recordings and publications of projects developed at the Orchard Project, the company will publish

TITLE OF PLAY/PROJECT/SHOW

WAS DEVELOPED, IN PART, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE ORCHARD PROJECT.

Contracted commissions or producers do not affect the selection of projects for the Orchard Project, and commercial producers can also apply.

 

Failure to comply with any of the above terms and conditions will render in a penalty fee, payable to the Association for the Development of Dramatic Arts, and render the artist or company ineligible to apply to the Orchard Project in the future.

ANY MORE QUESTIONS? EMAIL US AT INFO@ORCHARDPROJECT.COM

If we submitted a project before, can we submit it again?

Of course. We do not rule anything ineligible if it has already been submitted in a previous year. 

How do I find my application?

One common question is that it has been hard for you to find your saved application, so we have cleaned up the “my applications” page so that it might be easier to navigate, and recommend you go there:

https://secure.orchardproject.com/my_applications

This new layout will allow you to see all your applications together, edit them, and delete any unwanted ones. 

Another question has been about looking for a "submit" button. Please just fill it out and feel free to edit it as many times as you wish before the deadline. It will save each time. 

I CANNOT MAKE THE FULL DATES OF THE PROGRAM - CAN I JUST COME FOR A SEGMENT OF IT?

Sadly, no.

PERFORMANCE LAB: I AM NOT ATTACHED TO A COMPANY, BUT WANT TO SUBMIT. CAN I?

YES! The focus of the OP in the past has been ensembles and companies, but it continues to expand to more and more disruptive work and disruptors in the arts. Thus, the OP has hosted a number of individual artists. The experience of mixing these individuals with companies in residence has always proven fertile, and as thus, we are now making the policy of allowing individual applications official.

PERFORMANCE LAB: I AM A DIRECTOR, ACTOR or DESIGNER GENERATING WORK. CAN I APPLY?

Of course.

PERFORMANCE LAB: WHAT DISCIPLINES WILL THE ORCHARD PROJECT SUPPORT?

While the Orchard Project was set up to support theater, our support has expanded in recent years to include dancers, physical theater, composers, film-makers, novelists, and even app-makers. In 2020, we supported over 150 artists as they explored questions of "liveness," and many of the digital projects from that discussion would find a natural home in our 2021 Performance Program.

GREENHOUSE: WHAT DISCIPLINES ARE REPRESENTED IN THE GREENHOUSE?

While the Orchard Project was set up to support theater, our support has expanded in recent years to include dancers, physical theater, composers, film-makers, novelists, and even app-makers.

AUDIO: Is your audio lab specifically for narrative fiction podcasts/audio events?

At this time, yes - the Audio Lab is only for fictional/dramatic work.

EPISODIC: I don't have a sample from this pilot, but I still want to apply. What do I do?

We have gotten this question a lot this year (2021), and please understand how we are trying to balance keeping our application easy with providing our readers with a full picture of the work you are looking to accelerate. We have loosened the ask for the Episodic lab to ask for a10 page dramatic (play, screenplay, teleplay, or audio play) writing sample, and while we would like this to be preferably/ideally from this project you are proposing, we will accept other samples as well. A sample from the pilot itself provides an ability to allign the writing with the rest of your application and understand how your point of view currently comes across in your writing, but if you cannot provide us with that, please just chose the most appropriate other sample of your work. If you have questions about this, please feel free to ask us at any time by emailing info@orchardproject.com.

EPISODIC: Will feature length movies be considered?

At this time, no. We are very mindful of having resources and bringing relationships to our labs that help accelerate the work of artists, and thus because of our limited support, we cannot include film content at this time.