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The team at The Exchange advances the work of risk-taking theatre-makers by providing accelerating devlopmental opportunities for work and artists of promise and merit.

Though our primary work as a team is centered around the development of particular projects, all involved in the Exchange and the Orchard Project see their primary objective as the building of a creative community of leaders and innovators who will support each other's work.

Ari Edelson

ARI EDELSON
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Ari Edelson is a director and producer who has worked both in the United States and internationally, from off-Broadway to London to Tokyo, working in the fields of plays, musicals, and opera. He is also the co-founder of Culture Craver, a tech company that helps people discover culture they'll love. Ari graduated from Yale University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Ari Edelson
Artistic Director
Pape

Brandon Pape is a New York-based producer originally from Dubuque, Iowa. He is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Ricochet Collective, which has produced shows at 59E59, Joe's Pub, IRT Theater, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Brandon is a Drama League Directing Fellow and graduate of Loyola University Chicago. @midwestrunaway

Brandon Pape
General Manager

BARBARA TOY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Barbara Toy has over 24 years of executive and fundraising experience for both non-profit arts organizations/social service agencies and commercial enterprises, centering on fund raising for and management of the areas involving arts, culture and education..

Barbara Toy
Development Consultant

ARI BARBANELL
PRODUCER, ORCHARD PROJECT

Ari is Director of Special Projects at A.R.T. in Boston and Producer for its 2nd stage, OBERON. She has produced numerous festivals and events in Boston and New York.  She is a founding member of One Year Lease Theater, and has a degree in Arts Admin from BU and in Drama from Vassar College.

Ari Barbanell
Producer, Orchard Project

ROBYNE MARTINEZ
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Robyne C. Martinez is a NY based theatre artist, director, producer, and manager. Directing credits include Othello, A New Brain, and Art. He was the 2012 Stage Director and Choreographer's Society Directing Fellow at the Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theatre Festival and was a member of The Orchard Project's 2012 Core Company. He is a co-host on the theatre review podcast Obstructed View. Robyne graduated from The University of Florida with a B.A. in Theatre Studies and a Classics minor.

Robyne Martinez
Associate Producer
James Kennedy

JAMES KENNEDY
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

James Kennedy is a playwright, director, and composer based in New York City who has been a member of the Orchard Project team since 2015 and is a Core Company alumnus. His work has been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisvile, Williamstown, Playing for Others, and Superhero Clubhouse, among others. He holds a degree in theatre from Emerson College.

James Kennedy
Artistic Associate, Education and Outreach