Open Process

Robert Petkoff, Robert Schenkkan, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bryan Cranston, and Betsy Aidem at the Orchard Projects ALL THE WAY Open Process event

OP Open Process is a series of live and virtual conversations, workshops, and articles for storytellers, curious practitioners, and artists of all types and experience levels.

Running in parallel with the OP’s usual lab offerings, OP Open Process aims to inspire making and provide tangible skills for working artists at all levels, in collaboration with those who have been at the forefront of creation.

The new program offers conversations around the ethics of making; business tools and advice for artists; TV and digital making; and creative prompts that allow makers, thinkers, and the broader community to engage in today’s state of performance. These workshops and discussions will embrace the shifts we’ve seen in the storytelling community from the pandemic by exploring our current questions as makers: How can one expand their inspirational toolset as a creator? What is the future of performance? How do we engage with storytelling in more equitable ways? By providing a space for a multi-layered discussion to anyone interested, we aim to broaden our community and spark thought and inspiration. 

Ben Folds in Conversation at the Orchard Project, 2019

OP Open Process is an effort to serve, deepen, and widen the rich artistic community around the OP during the pandemic. Harnessing the connectedness of the internet and accessibility of Zoom to remove barriers, OP Open Process embraces the creative and curious practitioner and welcomes them into our extended network. Responding to the reflection “What are both the opportunities and responsibilities of the artist today?”, OP Open Process 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.

Past Events:

May 23, 2022 – Revisiting Historical Performance Text
What does it mean to revisit historical performance texts, and why do we do it? Acclaimed theater artists, to be announced soon, join together to discuss navigating the works of dead writers, and their approaches to reinvigorating canonized texts and figures through utilizing theater as a forum for catharsis and political discussion.
June 6, 2022 – Composing for Adaptation
Visionary songwriters share from their work in an intimate setting and discuss their processes around their upcoming works. How can preexisting text serve as a useful point of departure for new composition?
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The Orchard Project (OP) is a preeminent artistic development laboratory and accelerator for creators of performance and dramatic stories.

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PO Box 237091

New York, NY 10023

646 760 6767 x 101