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Once again, Core Company at the Orchard Project, an innovative summer apprentice program, is in search of dynamic young theater artists for our 2011 summer session.

Over five weeks, Core Company gathers in the Catskill mountains to create original work and interact with the professional theater companies in residence at the Orchard Project. In the three years since we began Core Company, we have been able to provide our apprentices with enormous opportunities. Among the companies that they've worked with are The Royal Court, Elevator Repair Service, Tectonic Theater Project, Pig Iron, The Rude Mechs, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Civilians, The TEAM, Naked Angels, Belarus Free Theatre, Paines Plough, and The Public Theater.

As an integral part of one of the most important research and develop laboratories in American theater, Core Company remains one of the most intimate opportunities for a emerging theater artist to intereact one on one with the boldest voices working in theater today. This month alone, three plays that began at the Orchard Project are opening off Broadway, including Compulsion at the Public Theatre and The Hallway Trilogy at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. The center also created the TONY-winning 33 Variations on Broadway and OBIE-winning, The Aliens, The Shipment and Architecting -- and last season, shows at the Royal Court in London, The Public Theater, the Humana Festival and Yale Rep were all developed at the Orchard Project.

By crafting our program around each individual apprentice, we equip tomorrow's innovators with the tools they need to succeed in their artistic pursuits - both in college and in the world of working theater. In addition to practical training, we also help our apprentices foster creative relationships with professional artists that can lead to future opportunities. Our goals are simple: to give young artists a bridge to the professional theater world, and to stretch them to approach their craft in new ways.

Thanks in advance for forwarding this information along to your students, and we are attaching information about the program. Our website <> has detailed information, photographs, and an application. We'd love to hear from you if you have any questions about Core Company, and you can contact me directly anytime at

Many thanks!

David Chapman


Core Company at The Orchard Project


Developing tomorrow's innovators... <>

The Orchard Project is a program of the New York based eXchange theater company. Through its unique residencies, the Orchard Project provides much needed resources of time and space to today's most influential theatre companies, and thus has quickly become a leading center of development for company sponsored artists to experiment and explore new ideas, develop their next great work, and collaborate with other theatre professionals. Past resident companies have included Tectonic Theatre Project, Pig Iron, Radiohole, Royal Court, Rude Mechanicals, Edge Theatre and The Civilians, among others. Read more about the Orchard Project at <> , and in this 2006 New York Times article: "Collaboration in the Catskills" <> .

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