Dear Theatre Educators,
Greetings from the Orchard Project, the renowned residency program where many of America’s leading and most innovative theater companies develop new productions each summer. Past companies including Tectonic Theater Project, Elevator Repair Service, A.R.T., Pig Iron, The Royal Court, The Rude Mechs, and many more have developed over 50 shows at the Orchard Project, moving on to Broadway (including this seasons “All the Way”), the West End, many regional theaters, and some of the most exciting and avant garde festivals in the world. This coming summer, we are excited to again be hosting a diverse group of companies and artists, and I am writing to ask you to help us find the dynamic young artists who will become part of the Orchard Project’s 2014 Core Company.
As faculty members at universities, conservatories, and training programs, we especially rely on your help getting the word out about this unique opportunity. If you have students who defy category, who overflow with energy and vision but who might not fit at a typical summer acting intensive, send them our way! Core Company is designed for those passionate students who we believe will be at the forefront of their generation of theatre artists. We call them “slash artists” (as in, “actor/writer”, “designer/director”, “puppeteer/producer”, etc.)
The details: We are seeking about ten apprentices ages 18-26 to spend five weeks with us at the Orchard Project, taking classes and workshops, creating their own work, and participating in the development of new theatre with some of the world’s most exciting fellow artists. Core Company members are performers, writers, directors, designers, producers, administrators and/or some combination of all of those things. They come from all over the country, from liberal arts programs, conservatories, MFA programs, and the professional world. What they have in common: they are tomorrow’s innovators, boundary breakers, and visionaries who will reshape the field for generations to come.
For more information on the Core Company experience, please visit the following article published in Howlround:
Applications for Core will be open as of January 1, 2014 and are reviewed on a rolling basis until all the slots are filled. There is financial aid available to help with the cots of tuition, but its disbursement is depending on annual fundraising efforts and is not discussed with applicants untilI an application is complete. I am sending this information to you now in anticipation of the fact that many students investigate their summer plans well in advance of the actual summer months. I will send an additional reminder in January, once the application is live. My hope now is to spread the word to your students and begin the conversation of what might be possible for them should they desire to join us next summer.
More info and the application form will be available soon at www.exchangenyc.org. If, at any time, you or any of your students have any questions about the program, please feel free to reach out, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you for your help, and best wishes,
The Exchange and The Orchard Project
Orchard Project Core Company Master Teacher