We believe Philadelphia is poised to become a hub for new plays. 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.
I Am Not My Motherland
by Emily Acker.
by Douglas Williams, directed by Artistic Director Maura Krause.
PLAYS 5, 6 & 7
by Mary Tuomanen,
& 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 Production Manager Dany X. Guy, PlayPenn Artistic Director Paul Meshejian, RJ Metrics founder Robert Moore, director Edward Sobel of Temple University, and InterAct Theatre Company Managing Director Anneliese Van Arsdale.