Organ Grinders Local 1 is a new experiment in simultaneous rehearsal space sharing for theatre-makers in NYC.
To overcome the ever-worsening problem of not having enough time and space to experiment and dig deep into the creative process, Organ Grinders Local 1 has come up with a solution that allows many performers and ensembles to work in a single space all at once.
Expanding upon the trend of intentional space-sharing –from writers’ groups to corporate “cowork” spaces– recently gaining popularity in major US cities, we’re banking on the fact that this “hive” model can lead theatre-makers to discover new possibilities of artistic practice and creative community building.
By sharing a consistent, reliable, and safe rehearsal space, theatre artists and ensembles can finally have the necessary luxury of time and space that is so essential to the creation of deep work.
We believe this shift has the potential to transform radically the way theatre is made in our culture.
Organ Grinders is a project of
North American Cultural Laboratory