Our Team

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 Orchard Project see their primary objective as the building of a creative community of leaders and innovators who will support each other’s work.

Artistic Director

Ari Edelson

Episodic Lab Facilitator

Jennifer Chambers

Episodic Lab Facilitator

Maija Gustin

Audio Lab Facilitator

Jerry Ruiz

Performance Lab Facilitator

Xiaoyue Zhang

Greenhouse Lab Facilitator

Ramona Rose King

Associate Producer

Julia Mendes

Director, OP Forward

Lana Russell


  • Raymond Bryan, Entrepreneur, Thoroughbred Owner, Broadway Investor
  • Diane Borger, Producer, American Repertory Theatre
  • Eric Daniels, Architect, Associate Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Ari Edelson, Artistic Director, The Orchard Project
  • Eunice Ferreira, Director, Associate Professor, Skidmore College
  • Steve Gottlieb, Entrepreneur, Founder, TVT Records and Shindig
  • Richard Glazer, New York Cardiac Center
  • Carly Hugo, Film Producer, Loveless
  • Gabriella Ianoale, Attorney, Ernst & Young
  • Samantha Lazarus Levin
  • Mona Moriya, Producer; Finance Director, The Lark Theatre
  • 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


  • David Bauer, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Jennifer Costello, Director of Production, Broadway Across America/John Gore Organization
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The Orchard Project (OP) is a preeminent artistic development laboratory and accelerator for creators of performance and dramatic stories.

Where to find us

PO Box 237091

New York, NY 10023

646 760 6767 x 101