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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.

THE ORCHARD PROJECT TEAM

Abby Marcus
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Abby Marcus
Managing Director
Ari Edelson

ARI EDELSON
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Ari Edelson is a director and producer who has worked both in the United States and internationally, from off-Broadway to London to Tokyo, working in the fields of plays, musicals, and opera. He is also the co-founder of Culture Craver, a tech company that helps people discover culture they'll love. Ari graduated from Yale University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

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Ari Edelson
Artistic Director
James Kennedy

JAMES KENNEDY
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

James Kennedy is a playwright, director, and composer based in New York City who has been a member of the Orchard Project team since 2015 and is a Core Company alumnus. His work has been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisvile, Williamstown, Playing for Others, and Superhero Clubhouse, among others. He holds a degree in theatre from Emerson College.

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James Kennedy
Artistic Associate, Education and Outreach
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Mary Birnbaum
NYC Greenhouse Curator
Mia is an actor and artist based in New York City. She has been a member of the Orchard Project team since 2017 and is a Core Company alumnus. As an actor she has been seen on BBC Scotland, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Mint Theater Company, 59E59, and Virginia Shakespeare Festival. She holds a BFA from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
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Mia Hutchinson-Shaw
Episodic Lab Coordinator
NYC-based playwright/actor/producer. Recent playwriting work includes Why We Have Book Club (3 Days Prior, De Frente Productions), Dear College, (Lionheart New Works Festival, Award for Playwriting), Missed Connections, (Manhattan Repertory Theatre: Fall One Act Competition Winner), and Juliet and the Falcons (Northlight Educational Theatre). Her play Double Tap was a semifinalist for the National Playwrights' Conference. As an actor, she has worked with Goodman Theatre, Timeline Theatre, and Rave Festival, among others. University of North Carolina School of the Arts: BFA Drama. New Play Exchange: Grace Parker.
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Grace Parker
Artistic Liaison
Rachel B. Karp is a NY based producer and director. She is a Resident Artist and founding producer with the Brooklyn-based production company 3DaysPrior (3daysprior.com). She is a Core Company 2016 alumnus, and has worked with the Orchard Project every summer since. Rachel holds a B.S. in Theater and English from Skidmore College, and has trained at the Moscow Art Theater School. rachelbkarp.com
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Rachel Karp
Associate Producer
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Manny Rivera
Greenhouse Lab Coordinator

BOARD

  • Raymond Bryan, Entrepreneur, Thoroughbred Owner, Broadway Investor
  • David Bauer, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Diane Borger, Producer, American Repertory Theatre
  • Jennifer Costello, Director of Production, Broadway Across America/John Gore Organization
  • Ari Edelson, Artistic Director, The Orchard Project
  • 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
  • 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