The Orchard Project is proud to announce its 2024 lab programs, which continue to evolve in response to the ongoing challenges and opportunities facing performing artists nationally and worldwide. Our goal remains simple — to support the most innovative artists and diverse voices, helping creators to explore, create, and share their work in new ways. 2024 will welcome increases to our hallmark in-person labs, but will still allow opportunities for artists to participate in labs from around the country and world.
Our annual Performance, Episodic, Audio, and Greenhouse Labs all return in full form in 2023, including various threads based on the needs of various projects and the resources available (cohort based development vs in-person rehearsal room development).
In 2024, the Orchard Project is accepting submissions for the following programs:
- The Orchard Project Performance Lab (link), for development of work intended to be performed infront of a live or virtual audience.
- The Orchard Project Greenhouse Program (link), for collaborators generating new works and collaborations in a multitude of forms;
- The Orchard Project Episodic Lab (link), for writers working on the advancement of original TV scripts;
- The Orchard Project Audio Lab (link), for early development of scripts and ideas in the audio storytelling form;
Learn more with our information session videos
More on our Opportunities for 2024
PERFORMANCE LAB (RESIDENCY SESSIONS IN SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY):
The OP’s Performance Lab generally manifests as a vivid series of overlapping in-person summer residencies in Saratoga Springs, NY, where performing artists take advantage of time, space, and the direct support of on-campus artistic staff to accelerate their work and projects. In 2023, The Orchard Project hosted 12 different projects supported over two 8-day sessions, and in 2024, we anticipate hosting around 16 projects in 2-3 sessions.
In order to be responsive to work submitted, we have often spun up additional threads of our Performance Lab, ranging from a hybrid “Draft Lab” to support more to rehearsal room labs based out of NYC. If any of those labs become possibilities in 2024, we will communicate with artists about their availability.
EPISODIC AND AUDIO LABS (ONLINE WITH SUPPLEMENTARY IN-PERSON GATHERINGS):
Our Episodic, Audio, and new Adaptation Labs will hold open calls for projects for hybrid Labs in Summer 2024. In these Labs, we will continue to build on the success of our virtual Lab settings — in particular, the virtual setting’s ability to unite an international and diverse cohort of high-caliber voices, while simultaneously providing each artist the autonomy to write freely from their own corner of the world.
While these Labs will be held mainly online, the OP will also hold some complementary in-person gatherings to strengthen the bonds and inspiration between our participants in their various locales.
GREENHOUSE (OPEN SUBMISSION, HYBRID):
Our Greenhouse Program has successfully already moved back to a hybrid process since 2022, allowing for bi-weekly meetings to be complemented with various weekend NYC intensives for group and project development. the Greenhouse program — dedicated to unexpected cross-disciplinary collaboration in a sustained year-long setting — is a very specific program for the OP, and is not project development based, prioritizing community and flexibility above the simple deliverable to a single project.