Orchard Project For All is a new FREE series of conversations and workshops hosted by the Orchard Project for storytellers, curious practitioners, and artists of all types and experience levels. Born out of the question “what is the responsibility of the artist today?“, we aim to create opportunities separate from our usual Lab offerings to inspire making and provide tangible skills for the working artist.
The new programs will offer conversations around the ethics of making; business tools and advice for artists; TV and digital making; and creative prompts that allow makers and thinkers and the broader community to engage in today’s state of performance. By providing a space for a diverse level of discussion to anyone interested, we aim to broaden our community and spark thought and inspiration.
The Orchard Project began in 2007 as an effort for artists and ensembles to take risks not supported by the developmental ecosystem in American theatre. At the time, there was no space for devised and ensemble created theater, so the Orchard Project became that place. At no point has the program remained static, but evolved organically in order to adapt to the changing needs of our communities.
During a time of industry transformation, reckoning, and instability, OP for All is an effort to both serve, deepen, and widen the rich artistic community around the Orchard Project. Harnessing the connectedness of the internet to remove barriers of accessibility, location, and fees, OP For All looks chiefly to inspire while at the same time embedding all of its offerings with interrogations of justice, healing, and making in an ever-changing cultural landscape.