The Core (Virtual) Fellowship at the Orchard Project is a summer apprenticeship for aspiring and emerging theatre, TV and audio creators interested in the process of how dramatic storytelling is developed across various media. As a virtual extension of the Orchard Project’s Core Company (in which apprentices work with and alongside accomplished theatre, TV and audio professionals in the Orchard Project’s Saratoga Springs summer program) Core fellows will work alongside artists and Orchard Project leadership and gain one-of-a-kind real world experience as the organization supports the development of dozens of professional projects across various media. The Core (Virtual) Fellow program provides an exclusive lens into the processes of industry leading artists and challenges its participants to interrogate and discover their own creative process.
2021 Fellows will have two main experiences – working alongside Orchard Project leadership to support a cohort of professionals in one of its labs (Professional, Episodic, or Audio), and working to support development and research for the Orchard Project’s free industry program, Orchard Project For All.
2021 Orchard Project Labs
The Orchard Project’s 2021 lab programs have expanded and shifted in response to the ongoing challenges facing performing artists nationally and worldwide. During a time of industry transformation, reckoning, and instability, the Orchard Project is taking steps to do even more to support the most innovative artists and diverse voices, helping creators to explore, create, and share their work in new ways given the current absence of live collaboration.
This year, at least 30 projects will be selected to participate in the Orchard Project’s programs. Each will receive support in flexible, collaborative environments that put faith in artists to create new works. In 2021, our offerings will remain virtual.
In summer 2021, the Orchard Project will offer:
The Orchard Project Performance Lab, which is for professional makers of live performance, either staged in traditional or digital venues;
The Orchard Project Greenhouse Program, which is for collaborators generating multiple new works and collaborations in a multitude of forms;
The Orchard Project Episodic Lab, which is for writers working on the advancement of original TV scripts; and
The Orchard Project Audio Lab, which is for early development of scripts and ideas in the audio storytelling form.
Orchard Project For All
OP For All is a new FREE series of conversations and workshops hosted by the Orchard Project for storytellers, curious practitioners, and artists of all types and experience levels. Born out of the question “what is the responsibility of the artist today?“, we aim to create opportunities separate from our usual Lab offerings to inspire making and provide tangible skills for the working artist.
The new programs will offer conversations around the ethics of making; business tools and advice for artists; TV and digital making; and creative prompts that allow makers and thinkers and the broader community to engage in today’s state of performance. By providing a space for a diverse level of discussion to anyone interested, we aim to broaden our community and spark thought and inspiration.
The Orchard Project began in 2007 as an effort for artists and ensembles to take risks not supported by the developmental ecosystem in American theatre. At the time, there was no space for devised and ensemble created theater, so the Orchard Project became that place. At no point has the program remained static, but evolved organically in order to adapt to the changing needs of our communities.
During a time of industry transformation, reckoning, and instability, OP for All is an effort to both serve, deepen, and widen the rich artistic community around the Orchard Project. Harnessing the connectedness of the internet to remove barriers of accessibility, location, and fees, OP For All looks chiefly to inspire while at the same time embedding all of its offerings with interrogations of justice, healing, and making in an ever-changing cultural landscape.
Program runs late May through August – adjustable 8-10 week schedules available for SEA eligibility.
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis; it is suggested that you do not wait until the stated deadline to apply.
***These summer opportunities have been pre-vetted as Summer Experience Award (SEA) eligible engagements in the Yale Arts Apprenticeship category. The positions are unpaid, but have potential Yale funded support for undergraduates, first-year through junior summer, that are on financial aid at Yale and have not yet used their SEA (formerly DSA) stipend.