The Orchard Project NYC Greenhouse
ABOUT THE ORCHARD PROJECT NYC GREENHOUSE
The OP 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 extend the strength of support that has set the organization apart into a resource for its growing network of artists.
This residency allows members to become an integral part of the Orchard Project Artist community. The NYC Greenhouse will meet monthly from January 2018 to June 2018 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 summer laboratory in June 2018. Members will also receive dramaturgical support, artistic match-making advice from the OP artistic staff, invitations to OP alumni shows in New York City, artist events, and more.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The NYC Greenhouse moves beyond the limitations of a traditional writer's lab and aims to serve directors, writers, composers and other generative artists that might defy categorization. It is a program intended to encourage collaboration between leading creative voices and can adjust 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 NYC Greenhouse is not an “emerging” writers program, per se, and definitely not a feeder program for a particular production trajectory. It is definitely not a program for directors with very little experience. The Orchard Project is looking to bring together a disparate group of extraordinary artists who it believes should and could work with one another on a myriad of projects. As such, the Orchard Project will work with teams and artists on gameplans for the future life of all work developed through the program.
WHAT WILL MEMBERS WORK ON?
In all likelihood, most members will use the NYC Greenhouse to accelerate a number new ideas collaboratively, and the general expectation of the program’s duration would be for members to leave with, at minimum, two different pieces in furthered process. For instance, Playwright A could leave with something baking with Director A, and something else baking with Director B.
The year will begin with meetings, concepts pitches, and group exercises geared towards instigating projects. For instance, a director could come in with a hunch for one piece they want to create, find a writer, and then be matched with a composing team on another piece in the early stages of development (or one that has yet to be developed at all).