The NYC Greenhouse | The Orchard Project

The Orchard Project NYC Greenhouse

The OP NYC Greenhouse is a new NYC-based accelerator for directors, writers, composers, choreographers, designers and other generative artists first and foremost to form new relationships, develop new projects from those collaborations, and contribute to an exciting new generation of theater. Unlike other groups where creative artists are siloed by discipline, the Greenhouse is made of brave and forward thinking individuals who are artists first and could fulfill a wide variety of roles on any individual project. The Greenhouse aims to extend the strength of support that has distinguished the Orchard Project into a resource for its growing network of artists.

The NYC Greenhouse will meet monthly from for two years to develop and workshop pieces, share new work and derive inspiration from their NYC Greenhouse peers. Membership in the NYC Greenhouse peaks in two sessions for NYC Greenhouse members at the Orchard Project summer laboratory (once in year one, once in year two of each cycle). This residency allows members to become an integral part of the Orchard Project Artist community. 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.


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 game-plans for the future life of all work developed through the program.


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. In the first year of the Greenhouse, members have served as wide a variety of roles as writing one piece, directing another and dramaturging a third.

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).


Those interested in the OP NYC Greenhouse should apply here.


In selecting new members, we will take into account the strength of the artist’s previous work, and will ask applicants to articulate what the artist stands to gain from membership in such a group at this point in her/his/their career. Artists of all races, genders, and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply.