play 5

Peaceable Kingdom

by Mary Tuomanen
directed by Rebecca Wright

MAY 10 - 28, 2017

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Here's to 2017.


Final Year Memberships are here.

Fifty people can now join Orbiter 3 for $40.

Members receive exclusive access to Orbiter events, plus single tickets to our last three productions:

  • Peaceable Kingdom by Mary Tuomanen
    (May 9 - 28, 2017)
  • The Brownings by Sam Henderson
    (December 2017)
  • A People by Lauren Feldman

Available until sold out.


Give the gift of indie theater.

Orbiter 3 balloon t-shirts are HERE! 

Produced locally by Camden Printworks, these limited edition shirts make super soft, super rad holiday gifts for the indie theater-lover in your life. Two styles, many sizes, all fly.

Proceeds benefit Orbiter 3's final season.


We believe Philadelphia is poised to become a hub for new plays.

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We created Orbiter 3 to advance that vision.

Orbiter 3 is Philadelphia's critically acclaimed producing playwrights collective. Between 2015 and 2017, we will produce seven new plays by local writers. In 2018, Orbiter 3 will release documentation of our development and activities, and transform into an online resource.

Our productions offer Philadelphia inclusive, accessible theater that embraces risk, values local artists, and chases the playwright's vision.



Moon Man Walk 
by James Ijames

A Knee That Can Bend by Emma Goidel



I Am Not My Motherland 
by Emily Acker

Breathe Smoke 
by Douglas Williams
directed by Artistic Director Maura Krause


Peaceable Kingdom
by Mary Tuomanen

PLAYS 6 & 7

The Brownings by Sam Henderson

A People by Lauren Feldman


Orbiter 3 will transform into a digital resource for entrepreneurial theater-makers, making documentation of our administrative and production experiments available online.


“It's more than buzz. This ensemble of artists  is the real deal...”

philadelphia magazine  |  "15 outstanding philly arts moments in 2015"



Orbiter 3 was founded in October of 2014 by playwrights Emily Acker, Emma Goidel, James Ijames, Mary Tuomanen, and Douglas Williams, and Artistic Director Maura Krause. In 2016, the company welcomed two additional playwright members, Lauren Feldman and Sam Henderson.

Orbiter 3's administrative and production initiatives are supported by a team of associate artists. They include Producing Associate Erin Washburn, Resident Technical Director Rajiv Shah, Resident Master Electrician Lucas Nguyen, and Design Dramaturg Maria Shaplin. Financial Architect Jay Gilman assisted the Orbiters in developing their fiscal model and strategy.

Orbiter 3 is guided by an Advisory Board made up of arts and business leaders from around the country. They include John M. Baker of Williamstown Theatre Festival; Elyssa Caplan, Esq.; playwrights Idris Goodwin, Jacqueline Goldfinger, and Samuel D. Hunter; InterAct Theatre Company Director of Operations Daniel X. Guy, PlayPenn Artistic Director Paul Meshejian, RJ Metrics founder Robert Moore, director Edward Sobel of Temple University, and Fairmount Ventures Project Manager Anneliese Van Arsdale.


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