OP Greenhouse (2021) | The Orchard Project
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About the OP Greenhouse

The OP NYC Greenhouse program began in 2018 as NYC-based accelerator for directors, writers, composers, choreographers, designers and other generative artists first and foremost to seed ambitious and unexpected work, form new relationships and develop a new generation of performance. For the Orchard Project, it aims to extend the strength of support that has set the organization apart into a resource for its growing network of artists.

Understanding the limits and opportunities of creation in a time of COVID, the Lab pivoted in 2020 to allow artists to work together in an exploration and multitude of forms. 

The Greenhouse provides 1-2 years of ongoing support to artists looking to generate new material and join the Orchard Project family. The program manifests in bi-monthly meetings in its first year and monthly meetings in its second (optional) year. 
Over the course of the core year of support, members will meet twice a month to participate collectively in four creative “sprints,” or time-bound deep dives. Each “sprint” will allow members to ideate and collectively explore a particular dramatic form (e.g. TV, musicals, audio, digital) to generate collaborative projects and diversify each artist's experiences. 

Members can collaborate with other members during sprints or not, can work on multiple ideas simultaneously, or can simply provide a sounding board and feedback to others - the goal is that the cohort supports each other through this exploration and development process that has been a tentpole of the OP both before and during COVID. 

Currently, meetings will be held virtually, and we remain hopeful that, upon a return to in-person operations in late 2021, Greenhouse participants will be able to meet in our office in NYC and receive residency support on a case by case basis in our summer programs in Saratoga Springs. 

Please note: unlike our normal performance residency program, the Greenhouse is intended for artists looking to instigate work with the Orchard Project rather than receive its support on existing work. That is not to say that work in early stages of development cannot find a home within the program, but rather to suggest that the focus is on the discovery and support of a group of collaborations within the program

The fellows are individuals who are excited by fostering community in a group of like-minded peers, and  who are curious and committed to understanding and developing their own work. The Greenhouse program supports artists with a clarity and promise of artistic vision, prioritizing underrepresented stories and voices in our selection process. 

Unlike other programs, our process and focus is not to focus on projects themselves, but on the diversity of the generative skills that each artist is bringing to the table.  The OP Greenhouse moves beyond the limitations of a traditional writers’ lab and aims to serve directors, writers, composers and other generative artists that might defy categorization. It is a program intended to encourage collaboration between leading creative voices and can adjust to the needs of each member.

In line with the Orchard Project’s focus on process and commitment to diversity of aesthetic, experience, and background, the Orchard Project is looking to bring together a disparate group of extraordinary artists who it believes should and could work with one another on a myriad of projects. 

The selected fellows are individuals who are chosen through a rigorous outreach and selection process, open to the public. As with all the Orchard Project labs, participants will join with varying degrees of professional experience, but will likely have some history of manifesting their creative work in public before joining the Orchard Project community. Anyone can apply, there is no age requirement, and applicants can be either represented by an agent or not. To honor the history of the Orchard Project and the constituency it serves, the program will aim to include at least some with a live performance interest or background. 

To learn more about previous Greenhouse members, click here

The 2021 Performance Lab will take place in July/August 2021. Exact dates to be determined.

The 2021 Performance Lab will take place over 5 weeks, with group lab meetings occurring once a week for 2 hours.

Lab participants will also be able to sign up for individual office hours with OP staff and facilitators as needed.

  • The Orchard Project Performance Lab is free for invited artists to participate in.
  • The Orchard Project’s 2021 Performance Lab will require each artist to agree to both the Orchard Project’s general participation policies (LINK), and an agreement that, while not providing any royalty or compensation to the Orchard Project, allows projects developed through the program to credit their participation in it. This agreement is being redrafted, but the 2020 agreement is available here

  • In certain circumstances, the Orchard Project and artist may continue to work together on the development of their work after the program, such arrangements to be made on a case by case basis.

Full information about the application process for the 2021 Orchard Project are available here.

In addition to biographical information asked for in our new common application, we are asking Greenhouse applicants to articulate what the artist stands to gain from membership in such a group at this point in their career. We would also like to briefly ask applicants to outline three (3) theoretical projects that show a range of inspiration and current interests.