Orchard Project Resident Information | The Orchard Project

Saratoga Springs is located just 30 minutes north of Albany and around 3 hours from New York City and Boston.

The closest train and bus station is Saratoga Station, located in downtown Saratoga Springs. Amtrak, Greyhound, and Trailways provide daily service to this station from several major cities, including NYC, Montreal, and Burlington. The Orchard Project will provide transportation from Saratoga Station.

If you are flying in, your destination will be the Albany International Airport. Saratoga is accessible from the Albany International Airport by Lyft, Uber, or Taxi. Under certain circumstances, the Orchard Project may be able to provide transportation for you from the airport. Please contact rachel@orchardproject.com to discuss further.

If you are driving, you'll want to consult our driving directions to Saratoga. We are exits 13N-15 off the Northway.



This is mentioned on our other pages, but residents are provided with rehearsal space (from large rehearsal rooms to various writing spaces), company management, accommodation, communal dining and magnificent upstate scenery. The Orchard Project also has a world-class apprentice program, and companies are encouraged to take advantage of the great support our younger artists can provide, which ranges from dramaturgy to stage management support to extra ensemble members. Transportation and honoraria/per diems are the responsibility of the sponsoring theatre company (or artist). One of the many reason for such is that it allows the Orchard Project to host companies of very different levels.


From New York City:  Take Rt 87 (NYS Thruway) North to Exit 24 (Albany), At Albany continue north take I-87 (The Adirondack Northway) north to Exit 13N, 14 or 15.

From Boston:  Take the Mass. Pike to NYS Thruway (I-90), travel north on I-90 to Exit 24, Take I-87 (The Adirondack Northway) north to Exit 13N, 14 or 15

From Montreal and North of Saratoga: Take I-87 (The Adirondack Northway) south to Exit 15.


The Albany Airport is 30 miles south of Saratoga. Uber, Lyft, Taxi, and buses are available. Some area lodging properties also provide shuttle service. In addition, Amtrak provides daily service to a newly built station in downtown Saratoga Springs from several major cities including Manhattan, Montreal and Burlington.


All residents will be staying at houses located in and around Saratoga Springs, NY.  All accommodations include: private bedrooms, shared baths, communal kitchens, communal living spaces, free laundry facilities, linens (sheets) and towels provided. Each individual artist will receive a set of keys to the house where they are staying. With some exceptions, CHECK IN is after 3:00pm on the day of arrival and CHECK OUT is by 10:00am on the day of departure. If you plan to arrive before 3:00pm and need a place to store your bags, contact rachel@orchardproject.com.

We ask all artists to leave the apartments in the state you found them: clean kitchens and bathrooms, dishes washed and put away, etc. We also ask each resident to strip their bed and start linens and towels in the washing machine before departure. These small tasks allow us to accomodate a greater number of artists each summer. A $20 security deposit will be required upon check-in, and will be returned at the end of the session, so long as your room/house is left in good condition and your keys are returned. 


All residences will be stocked with breakfast foods. Boxed lunches will be delivered daily to your rehearsal space. Dinner is provided by the OP and served buffet style. Vegetarian and other dietary options (gluten-free, lactose-free, etc) are provided upon request. Requests for options based on allergies and dietary restrictions must be indicated on your registration form and submitted no less than 10 days prior to arrival.

Artists will have the oppotunity to enjoy one dinner on their own during their stay, however dinners are an integral part of the Orchard Project experience and attendance is expected of all resident artists. Every summer, some of the greatest collaboration and conversation happens over dinner, and we encourage all residents to fully take advantage of this time to meet all the other artists and apprentices. In the past, the Orchard Project has lost significant funds when teams or companies decide to skip a meal that had already been prepared and paid for. For this reason, in the rare chance a meal is missed, we have instituted a $20 per person fee for each artist who fails to show up to a scheduled dinner without at least 48 hours notice.


Breakfast (at residence)

10:00am-6:00pm: Rehearsal/Work Session (Lunch in your workspace)

6:30-7:30pm: Dinner

8:00-11:00pm: Performances/Readings/Group Activities

*CHECK IN is after 3:00pm on the day of arrival and CHECK OUT is by 10:00am on the day of departure.


The Orchard Project is not responsible for, nor can be held liable for, any lost, stolen or damaged property brought on premises by any resident artist or guest nor for any property or bodily harm occurring on the premises.  Should participants decide to travel with valuables, they are encouraged to bring their own means of securing them.  While in residence, the representing Company assumes full responsibility and liability for any damage done by their selected residents to any properties provided by The Orchard Project.


From beginning to end, residencies are casual affairs.  Day time temperatures can range from 50°F – 85°F.  Evenings can get chilly, so be sure to pack a jacket, sweatshirt or sweater.  It seems that bugs are often attracted to artists.  Please pack lightweight, long pants and long-sleeve shirts to protect yourself.  Please pack your own bug repellant and sun screen.  You'll be doing lots of walking - plus the environment provides wonderful opportunities for jogging and exploring - so please bring adequate footwear.  

All events and activities held at The Orchard Project are very casual. Dress for comfort.


All rehearsals and work sessions may will take place in and around the town center (within walking distance of all artist housing).  Tables and chairs will be provided upon request.  You are responsible for bringing or acquiring any hand props you may need.


Clean bed linens and a clean towel will be provided at the beginning of your stay.  It is suggested you pack additional towels should you plan on swimming.  Free washer and dryer on premises.


There is absolutely no smoking permitted within any of the facilities provided by the Orchard Project - including houses and rehearsal halls.  Smoking may take place outside only and all cigarette butts must be disposed of in the available receptacles.


The Orchard Project maintains an on-site office for full access to printing and copying.  We recommend that you send any materials that need to be printed to rachel@orchardproject.com ahead of your arrival. Should you need materials printed or copied once you arrive, just contact any member of the Core Company or Orchard Project staff to make arrangements.  Each resident company is permitted to print 200 pages.  Additional printing can be arranged for a one time fee of $25.00.