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The Orchard Project is proud to present Pig Iron Techniques for the Performer-Creator, back-to-back workshops offering tools for character discovery and character-focused performance making. These workshops will be held December 2 & 3, 2017 in New York City. Participants can attend one or both workshops, which will be led by Mel Krodman, a member of Pig Iron Theater Company. Lunch is included in both workshops, during which participants will have a chance to participate in a roundtable discussion with Orchard Project Artistic Director Ari Edelson.

Saturday, December 2nd - Finding Character Through Movement

Pulling from the vocabulary of Jacques Lecoq and Pig Iron’s own methods of physical investigation, this 6-hour workshop will utilize rigorous physical exercises and on-your-feet writing exercises that focus on the discovery and development of character.

Sunday, December 3rd - Character-Driven Devising

This 6-hour workshop will focus on the performer as creator. Character-driven approaches pulled from Pig Iron's 20+ years as ensemble makers, as well as Mel's own devising tactics, will lead to the creation of original movement, text, and styles. Participants will spend the day working toward short performance pieces.


BONUS: Roundtable Discussion

Over the lunch break for both workshops, participants will have the opportunity to sit down with OP Artistic Director Ari Edelson and ask him any questions they may have about a career in the arts - from how to get an agent to where to seek funding, or anything else that may be weighing on their mind. Nothing is off limits!


Both workshops will take place from 10am-5pm (with a one-hour lunch break).



CHELSEA STUDIOS (at Theatreworks USA)

151 West 26th St, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10001



$180.00 per workshop or $300.00 for both. A limited number of scholarships are available for participants who might not otherwise be able to attend. To inquire, email intensive@orchardproject.com



Housing is not provided, however we are happy to offer suggestions if needed. Lunch will be provided.



10:00am - 1:00pm       MORNING SESSION

1:00pm - 2:00pm         LUNCH (provided)

2:00 - 5:00pm              AFTERNOON SESSION



Anyone who has participated in The Orchard Project as an artist or Core Company member will receive a 10% discount on any Intensive program cost.

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.

For over ten years, The Orchard Project has been a preeminent engine of new work in the theater world. Our ever-evolving programs aim to serve the best theater artists in the world as they push the field of live performance forward each and every day.



(646) 760-6767


December 2nd, 2017 10:00 AM   through   December 3rd, 2017 5:00 PM
Chelsea Studios
151 W 26th St
6th Floor
New York, NY 10001
United States
Enrollment Fee
Enrollment Fee
Full Weekend (Both Sessions) $ 300.00
Saturday Session Only $ 180.00
Sunday Session Only $ 180.00

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