Company Timeline

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A Thousand Natural Shocks at C Venues, Edinburgh Fringe, 2005. Photo: Rachel Chavkin.

2004

December 6th Rachel, Jess, Jill, Kristen, Brian, and Stephanie meet at Atlas Café (East Village, NYC) to discuss the initial concept for A Thousand Natural Shocks, and the idea of taking two shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The TEAM is formed.

2005

Winter/Spring – Development of A Thousand Natural Shocks and Give Up! Start Over! First appearances of lighting designer Jake H. and sound designer Matty.

August – TEAM debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: A Thousand Natural Shocks and Give Up! Start Over! Jess performing in both shows on a recently broken foot (broken by Brian in rehearsal). GUSO wins a Fringe First award.

September – First appearance of writer/performers Jake M. and Libby as the TEAM begins work on Particularly in the Heartland. Give Up! Start Over! tours to London’s Battersea Arts Centre (first TEAM tour).

NovemberGive Up! Start Over! tours to Glasgow’s the Arches.

Fall – Rachel uses Columbia M.F.A. assignments to continue to develop Heartland.

 2006

JanuaryGive Up! Start over! performs in rep with the TEAM’s adaptation of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl at 59E59 (NYC).

MarchA Thousand Natural Shocks tours to the Bath Shakespeare Festival (UK). Heartland residency at the Battersea Arts Festival (London), after which most of the script is scrapped, but the structure maintained.

JulyHeartland preview production at Ice Factory Festival, Ohio Theatre (NYC). It is one million degrees. First appearance of scenic designer Nick.

August – Return to Edinburgh Fringe. Heartland premieres at Traverse Theatre with an entirely sold-out run; second Fringe First award. The TEAM befriends the Black Watch company, who crush us in multiple games of American football and soccer/football. Director John Tiffany, representing the National Theatre of Scotland, offers first step towards a full commission for the TEAM’s next work, and NTS resident playwright/director Davey Anderson begins periodic residency with the company.

SeptemberHeartland performances at the Battersea Arts Center (London). First appearance of writer/performer Frank. Scratch presentation of a new work, Three Simones Walk Into a Bar.

Fall – Development on Welcome Home, Carrie Campbell (formerly Three Simones), including a workshop performance on the back of a flatbed truck for the 4th Arts Block’s Festival of Local Arts.

 2007

February/MarchHeartland U.S. premiere at PS122, and tours to Harbourfront Centre (Toronto). First appearance of stage manager Tater (Dave), and producer Jeremy Blocker (eventually the first president of the TEAM’s Board of Directors).

April/MayHeartland on first paid tour to the UK (Glasgow, Sterling, Kendall, Cambridge, Bristol Old Vic, Battersea Arts Centre in London), and development of Architecting (formerly Welcome Home, Carrie Campbell) while in Glasgow, during which 5 of the main characters are created. Lucy Kendrick Smith takes over for Jess as Dorothy.

Summer/FallHeartland performs at Galway Arts Festival and Dublin Fringe, where the TEAM wins Best Production and Libby wins Best Actress. Scratch presentation of Architecting at Prelude Festival, NYC.

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Particularly in the Heartland, Traverse Theatre, 2006. Photo: Nick Vaughan

2008

January (a very full month):
9 – 13Heartland reprise at PS122 (NYC)
15 – 19Heartland at Walker Art Center (Minneapolis)
23 – 27Heartland extended run at PS122
31 – February 1Heartland at Vanderbilt University (Nashville)

April/MayHeartland at the Quick Center for the Arts (Fairfield, VA). Architecting development at 3LD (NYC). First fully paid development period for TEAM artists. Kristen becomes obsessed with biography about young Theodore Roosevelt.

JuneArchitecting development at Orchard Project (NY). During a workshop with the OP Core Company, development begins on a new show, Bowling for Dollars.

July/AugustArchitecting (Part One) previews in Glasgow before Edinburgh Fringe premiere at the Traverse. Third Fringe First award.

October – The TEAM becomes an official nonprofit organization.

 2009

JanuaryArchitecting (Full production) premieres in NYC at the Public Theater, co-presented by the Under the Radar Festival and PS122’s COIL Festival, and transfers to PS122 for extended run. Beginning of collaboration with performer/composer Heather Christian on To the Boys and Girls of America, I’m Taking a Sick Day (formerly Bowling for Dollars). Filmmaker Paulette Douglass begins filming the process for a new feature-length documentary about the TEAM.

AprilThe American Capitalism Project (formerly To the Boys and Girls of America) residency at BRIClab (Brooklyn).

June/JulyThe American Capitalism Project development at Orchard Project (NY) and at The Almeida Theatre (London).

OctoberMission Drift (formerly The American Capitalism Project) development, NYC.

October/November – Architecting tours to The Arches (Glasgow), Barbican Centre (London), and Culturgest (Lisbon) in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland.

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Architecting, Traverse Theater, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2008. Photo: Eamonn McGoldrick

2010

SpringIan Lassiter joins Mission Drift process.

MayHeartland performances at A.R.T. as part of first Emerging America Festival (Cambridge, MA). (Rachel makes brief return to the stage as Dorothy).

JuneMission Drift month-long residency at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. The TEAM lives in two foreclosed homes in Las Vegas, and Libby and Rachel become obsessed with “Big Elvis,” an impersonator on the Strip.

AugustMission Drift workshop performances at Ice Factory Festival, Ohio Theatre (NYC).

SeptemberArchitecting tours to Calgary. Mission Drift workshop presentation at Prelude Festival (NYC).

October/NovemberMission Drift residency on Governor’s Island with LMCC (NYC). Playwright Sarah Gancher joins the Mission Drift process.

 2011

April – First TEAM company retreat at The O’Neill Theater Center (Connecticut).

May/JuneAmber Gray and Mikaal Sulaiman join the Mission Drift process. The Mission Drift cast recording at the Motherbrain (Brooklyn). Mission Drift preview presentation at the recently opened ArtsEmerson (Boston).

June – Development begins on Town Hall, a new collaboration with Sojourn Theater, at Orchard Project (NY).

JulyMission Drift preview performances at Culturgest (Lisbon) and Universide de Coimbra, Portugal.

AugustMission Drift makes its World Premiere in Edinburgh at the Traverse, winning the TEAM’s fourth Fringe First award, the Herald Angel award, and Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize. Tours to Salzburg Festival Young Directors Program.

October/NovemberTown Hall development at Virginia Tech; Mission Drift performances at Williams College (Massachusetts).

 2012

January/FebruaryMission Drift U.S. Premiere in PS122’s COIL Festival at the Connelly Theater.

May/June – Development begins on a new show, RoosevElvis (“Rose-of-Elvis”) at The Bushwick Starr (Brooklyn) with Kristen and Libby playing Teddy Roosevelt and Elvis Presley, respectively.

JuneWaiting for You on the Corner of… (formerly Town Hall) workshop at NACL (NY); development also begins on a new show, Primer for a Failed Superpower.

JulyRoosevElvis development and workshop at the Almeida Theatre, (London).

AugustPrimer for a Failed Superpower development at National Theatre Studio, (London). Scratch presentation at Edinburgh International Festival as culmination of 2011 EIF Fringe Prize.

September – DecemberPrimer for a Failed Superpower semester-long development and workshop production with students at NYU’s Playwrights Horizons Theater School.

OctoberWaiting for You on the Corner of… residency at Georgetown University (Washington DC).

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Mission Drift, National Theatre Shed, 2013. Photo: Robert Day

2013

January – The TEAM are named Creative Capital grantees for Primer for a Failed Superpower. 

February/MarchWaiting for You on the Corner of… workshop production at Kansas City Repertory Theatre (Missouri). Mission Drift tours to Perth, Australia and Hong Kong.

May – Initial development of Drive/Discipline, a new collaboration with Taylor Mac, at Playmakers Repertory Theatre (North Carolina).

JuneMission Drift London premiere at The National Theatre’s new Shed space (London). The TEAM Makes a Play, the documentary about the making of Mission Drift, streams for a single day on The Stage website, receiving over 1,000 hits. Development of The Scottish Enlightenment Project, a new collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland, begins.

July – Libby, Kristen, Rachel, and a two-man film crew spend 8 sweltering days on a road trip from the Badlands to Graceland (South Dakota to Memphis) to film production footage for RoosevElvis.

OctoberRoosevElvis premieres at The Bushwick Starr (Brooklyn).

DecemberThe Scottish Enlightenment Project development at Cove Park, a retreat in bitterly cold northern Scotland (much wood chopping by collaborators Davey Anderson, Sandy Grierson, and Brian Ferguson). The TEAM ranks on “Best of 2013” lists on three continents.

 2014

FebruaryThe Scottish Enlightenment Project development in London. Jess steps into the project, taking over initial character work from Brian and Libby.

June – Development of Tiny Emperors in the Land of Bicycles (formerly Drive/Discipline) with Taylor Mac back at Playmakers Rep (North Carolina).

July/AugustThe Scottish Enlightenment Project development in Glasgow, scratch performances at Summerhall for Edinburgh Fringe.

September – The TEAM receives the American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre Company Grant.

October – Matty and Rachel join (now Seattle-based) Frank to develop The Holler Sessions, in advance of January 2015 premiere at On the Boards (Seattle).

December – The TEAM celebrates its 10-year anniversary, and the impending launch of this anthology.