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.


Abby Marcus
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Abby Marcus
Managing Director
Ari Edelson


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
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Mary Birnbaum
NYC Greenhouse Curator
James Kennedy


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
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
Sophie Blumberg is a NYC-based creative producer and dramaturg. Some of her favorite places that she has worked include Octopus Theatricals, CalArts Center for New Performance, TeatrStudio (Warsaw), Goodman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and REDCAT. She holds an MFA in Creative Producing from the California Institute of the Arts.
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Sophie Blumberg
Creative Almanac Producer


  • 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