Rachel Chavkin


Rachel Chavkin is two-time Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk nominated director, and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM. She has directed/co-authored all the company’s work, and loves this family.

Outside of the TEAM: Dave Malloy’s electro-pop opera Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino – commercial transfer; World Premiere: Ars Nova – New York Times, Time Out New York and New York Post Critics’ Picks, and Top Ten 2012 and 2013); Meg Miroshnik’s The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep, Feb 2014); Lauren Yee’s The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm, Sep 2014); storyteller James Monaco’s Reception (TerraNOVA soloNOVA Festival at the New Ohio Theatre) and his collaboration with composer Jerome Ellis’ entitled Aaron/Marie (Ars Nova ANTFest 2013); Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy’s Three Pianos (A.R.T., NYTW – Dec ’10/Jan ’11, Ontological Incubator Series – Feb/March ’10, 2010 ObieAward); collaborations with playwright/performer/activist Taylor Mac including his extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge (World Premiere, Act II at HERE Arts Center, 2010 ObieAward) and Peace, co-written by Mac and Chavkin (Workshop, HERE Arts Center, 2007).

Current projects include several new works with Dave Malloy, folk singer Anais Mitchell, an adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 for Northern Stage in Newcastle, and a collaboration with British writer/performer Chris Thorpe.

Rachel is an NYTW Usual Suspect, an Artistic Associate at London’s Gate Theatre and New York’s Classic Stage Company, for whom she has directed a number of readings/workshops and serves as a Shakespeare coach to Mandy Patinkin and other artists, an alum of Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, the Drama League Directors Project, the Women’s Project Director’s Lab, and a New Georges Affiliate Artist. She has also taught directing and performance at NYU, Pace, and other colleges, as well as workshops with the TEAM about their unique collaborative writing process. B.F.A. NYU, M.F.A. Columbia.


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