Announcing our NYC Intensives


We hope this e-mail finds you well! One of the things we continue to hear within our Orchard Project community -- from both professional and emerging artists -- is the desire for ongoing learning opportunities. This past May, we piloted a new OP Intensive program as a precursor to our usual summer retreat in Saratoga Springs with great success. We are now launching a new ongoing program for emerging and working artists in New York City. As with everything the Orchard Project does, the focus of our Intensive Program is on ground-breaking process, new work, and bringing disparate skills, aesthetics, and working methods under one banner.



The first session of our Intensive Program will be Pig Iron Techniques for the Performer-Creator to be held October 7-8, 2017 in New York City. This 12-hour workshop, led by Pig Iron company member Mel Krodman, will focus on the performer as creator. Rigorous physical exercises lead to the investigation and development of character. Ensemble driven devising approaches lead to the creation of original movement, text and styles, resulting in short performance pieces. Krodman will pull from the vocabulary of Jacques Lecoq, Pig Iron’s signature methods of company creation, as well as her own devising tactics.


*SPECIAL ALUMNI OFFER: Sign up for this workshop by September 17th and receive a 20% discount using the code "opi_alum"

There are a limited number of spots available, so be sure to sign up today!



October 7-8, 2017

Schedule: 10am-5pm both days (with one hour lunch break)

Location: TBD (in Manhattan)

Cost: $360.00

For more information and to sign up for the workshop, click here

Housing and meals are not provided.

A limited number of scholarships are available for participants who might not otherwise be able to attend the Intensive. To inquire, email intensive@orchardproject.com.



Anyone who has participated in The Orchard Project as an artist or Core Company member can receive a 10% discount on any Intensive program using the code "opi_alum".


Mel Krodman is a performer and creator of original, experimental theatre and dance. She is a Pig Iron company member and instructor, and she works frequently with other ensembles including Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, No Face Performance Group, and the choreographer Kelly Bond. Mel was a 2016 Theatre Communications Group On The Road grant recipient for her work with Slovenian artists Eva Nina Lampic and Urska Brodar, and is a 2017 recipient of an Independence Foundation Fellowship. She is a proud graduate of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training’s inaugural class of 2013.


Pig Iron Theatre Company is dedicated to the creation of new and exuberant performance works that defy easy categorization and to training the next generation of theater makers. Over the course of 20 years, Pig Iron has created over 30 original works and has toured to festivals and theatres nationally and internationally.  The company has been honored with OBIE Awards, Total Theatre Awards (Edinburgh), and Barrymore Awards (Philadelphia).  In 2011, Pig Iron launched a 2-year graduate program in physical and devised theater at new studios in Philadelphia, and in 2015, the company partnered with University of the Arts to offer both a Graduate Certificate and an MFA in Devised Performance.




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