The team at The Orchard Project advances the work of risk-taking theatre-makers by providing accelerating devlopmental opportunities for work and artists of promise and merit.

Though our primary work as a team is centered around the development of particular projects, all involved in the Exchange and the Orchard Project see their primary objective as the building of a creative community of leaders and innovators who will support each other's work.


Ari Edelson


Ari Edelson is a director and producer who has worked both in the United States and internationally, from off-Broadway to London to Tokyo, working in the fields of plays, musicals, and opera. He is also the co-founder of Culture Craver, a tech company that helps people discover culture they'll love. Ari graduated from Yale University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Staff/Board: staff, board
Ari Edelson
Artistic Director

Brandon Pape is a New York-based producer originally from Dubuque, Iowa. He is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Ricochet Collective, which has produced shows at 59E59, Joe's Pub, IRT Theater, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Brandon is a Drama League Directing Fellow and graduate of Loyola University Chicago. @midwestrunaway

Staff/Board: staff
Brandon Pape
General Manager


Barbara Toy has over 24 years of executive and fundraising experience for both non-profit arts organizations/social service agencies and commercial enterprises, centering on fund raising for and management of the areas involving arts, culture and education..

Staff/Board: staff
Barbara Toy
Development Consultant
Sherri Barber


Sherri Eden Barber is a New York-based theatre director and Artistic Director of Ricochet Collective. She has developed new work with Rattlestick, NYTW, Harlem Stage, Classic Theatre of Harlem, Primary Stages, Flea Theater, Culture Project, 24 Hour Play Company, and Old Vic. Sherri is a Drama League Directing Fellow and recipient of the US/UK Exchange Award. MFA: The New School for Drama.

Staff/Board: staff
Sherri Eden Barber
Core Company Director
James Kennedy


James Kennedy is a playwright, director, and composer based in New York City who has been a member of the Orchard Project team since 2015 and is a Core Company alumnus. His work has been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisvile, Williamstown, Playing for Others, and Superhero Clubhouse, among others. He holds a degree in theatre from Emerson College.

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James Kennedy
Artistic Associate, Education and Outreach
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Mary Birnbaum
Greenhouse Curator
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Julian Fleisher
Director, Cabaret and Musical Theater


  • Raymond Bryan, Entrepreneur, Thoroughbred Owner, Broadway Investor
  • Diane Borger, Producer, American Repertory Theatre
  • Jennifer Costello, Director of Production, Broadway Across America/John Gore Organization
  • Ari Edelson, Artistic Director, The Orchard Project
  • Steve Gottlieb, Entrepreneur, Founder, TVT Records and Shindig
  • Richard Glazer, New York Cardiac Center
  • Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer and TONY-winning Playwright
  • Dean Strober, Freelance Producer, Co-Founder, The Orchard Project
  • Steve Seymour, Managing Director, Varde Partners
  • Rachel Uccellini, Integrated Communications Professional