The days are getting shorter and darker, but it means we’re starting to approach the finish line for 2018 and this month, the TEAM is asking: What light do you see(k) in the new year?
Click above and check back regularly this December to activate the playlist where TEAM company members and collaborators sit down and take time to chat and connect about what keeps us moving together into 2019!
The TEAM has a busy and exciting year ahead, including:
First up in the new year, we’ll be launching the US premiere of Anything That Gives Off Light, our collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland and the extraordinary folk-punk duo the Bengsons. We’ll start the tour by returning the show to the place where so much of the play was written: the mountains and communities of Appalachia. We’ll go from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg to the Crossing Roots Rural-Urban Theatre Workshop in Cumberland Gap, TN. There, we’ll be able to return the show to the students, historians, musicians, teachers, farmers, activists and storytellers who helped create the world of ATGOL. After that, we’ll bring the show home to New York for an extended run at Joe’s Pub from March 14-30. We can’t wait to see you there!
Then in May, we’ll be headed to Portland, OR for the first “tour” of Primer for a Failed Superpower! We’ll partner with BOOM Arts to build their own multigenerational community choir and mount the concert anew. Shows will be May 10 and 11 and we hope this will be the first of many local Primers.
From there, we’ll be diving into more work on Reconstruction (Still Working but the Devil Might Be Inside) – our new project wrestling with Gone with the Wind as a Confederate monument. We’ll be developing a script, building a set, and integrating glorious films we’ve made of our legendary collaborator Vinie Burrows. This is a huge undertaking since Reconstruction has a record 21 collaborators, but reckoning with a terrible past to reframe it for a more just present requires a lot of voices.
Through it all, we’ll continue to work on the Petri Projects: our seedlings of ideas for new plays. And with each project our family grows a little bigger, as we partner with new collaborators and center more voices in our work.
We’ll be working with a record number of collaborators in 2019, and with each new voice our work tells a fuller story of America. But our work requires support! We need to raise $20,000 by the end of the year in order to make all this happen. We hope you’ll consider a year-end gift to the TEAM this holiday season, amidst so many worthy causes in need of your support.
A little over a year ago, the TEAM produced Primer for a Failed Superpower – a concert featuring a massive multigenerational cover band of 32 teenagers, 30-somethings, and people 60+, celebrating protest music and activism from the past and present. We played two shows at Roulette. The room was sweaty and packed, and spirits were high. And the process was even more special, with deep conversations about generations and inheritance, race and religion and economics and gender and sexual identity.
Our dream was and is that Primerwas both something we made, and something that others could remake. To that end, we commissioned filmmakers to produce a short documentary about the process and culminating performance. Camilo Quiroz and Ellpetha Tsvikos were with us nearly every step of the way and created this short film that captures what happened and hopefully can serve as a tool for others in the future.
BTW: we’re bringing PRIMER to Portland in 2019!!! Please help us get there with a gift for the end of year. We’d love to share this work with more people.
In a pub at the end of the road, an American woman drinks alone, trying to forget the home she left behind in West Virginia. Two old Scottish friends, one of whom left for London long ago, wrestle with a fresh grief and a festering sense of betrayal. The three collide and set off on an increasingly blurry journey through the Highlands, digging down into layers of national mythology, bringing to the surface memories of forced migration. Anything That Gives Off Light features a throbbing score by award-winning duo The Bengsons, mixing the Scottish-American folk tradition with stomping punk, and the TEAM’s trademark athletic performance style.
Come March 2019, we begin our journey remounting ATGOL at Virginia Tech before heading to Kentucky to partner with Cardinal Cross to present our stripped-down “Pub” version at the Crossing Roots Urban-Rural Theater Workshop. There, we’ll be leading our Devising Within a Democracy workshop and participating in sessions led by artists throughout the region. We look forward to deepening our relationships with and experiencing first-hand the voices and visions of the Appalachian community. We conclude the tour at Joe’s Pub and sharing our harvest with NYC!
From Associate Director Davey Anderson:
For me, this tour is very special. Not only are we bringing Anything That Gives Off Light to the United States for the first time, but we’re returning to the place where so much of the play was written. Back in the Spring of 2016 we spent a formative couple of weeks in residency at Virginia Tech, researching and developing the text, with the help of Bob Leonard and his fantastic Performing Arts students, introducing us to local historians, musicians, teachers, farmers, activists and storytellers. Without these experiences at River View High School in Bradshaw, the Oxford Presbyterian Church in Lexington, the Friday night jamboree at Floyd Country Store, The Tales of the Lonesome Pine bookstore in Big Stone Gap and many other places, our characters and the world of the play just wouldn’t be the same.
The TEAM and National Theatre of Scotland
ANYTHING THAT GIVES OFF LIGHT
Written by Jessica Almasy, Davey Anderson, Rachel Chavkin, Brian Ferguson, and Alexander Grierson Music and Lyrics by The Bengsons
Created in collaboration with Matt Hubbs, Nick Vaughan, Brian Hastert, and Libby King
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
with Associate Director Davey Anderson
Performed by Jessica Almasy, Martin Donaghy, Reuben Joseph, Jessie Linden, Maya Sharpe and Katrina Yaukey
The TEAM’s Petri Projects program was launched in 2017, and allows the company to foster a pipeline of inquiry and development into new performance work led by a variety of company artists. The program is structured as a laboratory in which the company and its invited associates can explore new ideas or concepts to create either future company projects or independent work, and to receive the vital feedback that sheds light on its integrity.
We are currently seeking curious, motivated, proactive Artistic Assistants for the Nov-Dec 2018 workshop of AN EXIT TICKET, the inaugural Petri Project in the TEAM’s 2018-19 season. AN EXIT TICKET is a rigorous long form stand up / memoir / performance art / dance / rant experiment focusing on the public education systems in America, particularly in New York, and the journey of two experimental theatre artists through its trenches. AN EXIT TICKET is written by founding company member Jill Frutkin, directed by long time collaborator Jessica Almasy, and writer / actor / teacher / activist Modesto Flako Jimenez joins the writing team and cast.
Artistic Assistants will be in the room not just to observe the process, but to feed forward and engage with their creative brains and strategic skillsets wherever seems fit. You’ll be transcribing / recording the work of long form improvisations and rehearsal rewrites, assisting in managing various production elements such as problem solving tech needs, setting up the space, and ready to offer support both practical and conceptual. We strive to be a horizontal, democratic environment in which everyone works on an equal playing field in service of the play.
WHO YOU ARE
You have a deep interest in the development of new work, some experience with the previously outlined stage management skills, you are familiar with script-change-tracking in a master document (this is a super plus), and you are relatively comfortable adapting to the basics of / possibly running simple queues on sound and video equipment. The most important qualities to thrive in this room are your attitude, your appetite for fierce work, and your willingness to bring it.
Every single person that enters our creative room touches the play in some essential way and is a relevant contributor to our democratic process. There are no bystanders in a rehearsal room and we welcome you to activate that.
EXPECTATIONS Note: This position is currently unpaid. In exchange for your work, an Artistic Assistant is invited to participate in one of the TEAM’s upcoming devising or producing workshops for free.
AN EXIT TICKET development period runs from Nov 26-Dec 8. Artistic Assistants will be needed for the full two-week rehearsal period, and will attend up to two meetings with the creative team before the start of the workshop.
Current Rehearsal Schedule and Call times are listed below, subject to slight change:
Monday, Nov 26, 10am-6pm
Tuesday, Nov 27, 10am-6pm
Wednesday, Nov 28, 10am-6pm
Thursday, Nov 29, 10am-6pm
Friday, Nov 30, 2pm-10pm
Saturday, Dec 1, 12-8pm
Tuesday, Dec 4, 10am-6pm
Wednesday, Dec 5, 10am-6pm
Thursday, Dec 6, 10am-6pm
Friday, Dec 7, 12-10pm
Saturday, Dec 8, 12-10pm
Schedule can be further discussed and determined based on your availability as well.
TO APPLY: please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Petri Project Artistic Assistant” in the subject line, with the following information:
– A cover letter indicating the Artistic Assistant project for which you are applying, detailing your relevant experience, what gets you immediately excited about the art you are making right now, and why you are interested in working with us.
– A resume including both your artistic and work experience.
About the TEAM
Founded in 2004, the TEAM is a creative ensemble committed to making new theatrical work about the experience of living in America today. We develop performance using a group writing room that fuses research, physical and verbal improvisation, writing prompts, and editing driven by consensus. This process has led to a modern canon of wild and extraordinary work that bears our unique democratic signature: multifaceted cohesiveness and rampant formal experimentation. With the TEAM, a single play can undergo years of development spanning residencies, international group chats and intellectual exchanges via email, multiple actual premieres, deconstructions and radical redrafts.
We’re excited to announce workshops that the TEAM will be leading this fall – register now!
Devising Within a Democracy
Modeled on the TEAM’s own unique creative process, this 4-hour workshop gives participants insight into a mini devising process, providing tools and strategies for solo and group creation, working through delicate issues of collaboration and authorship, and bridging into the editing and synthesizing process. Perfect for artists of all levels of experience! Learn more.
Sunday, Nov 18
10am – 2pm
Theatre Lab, 357 W. 36th St, 3rd Flr.
This session has been cancelled. Please see below for our next DwD workshop instead!
Thursday, December 13
7pm – 10pm
Taught by Artistic Director Rachel Chavkin
Our self-producing series, led by the TEAM’s Producing Director Alexandra Lalonde and industry guests, continues this fall with workshops about the business side of making and sustaining your work. Each two-hour session is a peer-to-peer discussion over drinks–your registration fee includes beer and wine provided by the TEAM.
Tuesday, November 27 Monday, Nov 26 7-9pm ART/NY South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, Studio G New York Theatre Workshop @ 79 E. 4th St
Allie and guest expert Jeremy Blocker will lead a 2-hour peer-to-peer conversation about building operating budgets for small companies. How does your operating budget reflect your mission and values? How do you represent the full scale and impact of your work in a spreadsheet? How do you present your operating budget for funders? With participants we will discuss these topics and more. We’ll share experiences from the TEAM’s own history, and solicit your questions in advance of the workshop to help guide our discussion.
Jeremy Blocker began his tenure as Managing Director at New York Theatre Workshop during the 2013/14 Season and has overseen more than twenty productions, stewarding the growth of NYTW’s annual operating budget from $4.5 million to $6.5 million and significantly increasing the Workshop’s reserve funds to secure the financial future of the organization. He also led the effort to create NYTW’s most recent strategic plan which has seen an expansion of the season to five productions, a 200% increase in artist compensation over the five year plan, the launch of a paid, year-long 2050 Administrative Fellowship, the renovation of NYTW’s 4thStreet Theatre and the launch of the NEXT DOOR@NYTW series. Prior to arriving at NYTW, Jeremy served as the first Managing Director of Ars Nova, New York’s premiere hub for new talent, where he produced six world premiere productions including the Obie Award-winning Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy, seven festivals, and dozens of concerts, readings and workshops. He has also previously served as Director of Individual Giving at Manhattan Theatre Club, Development Associate for Capital Projects at Atlantic Theater Company, and Producing Director of Babel Theatre Project, which he co-founded. Jeremy is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Theatre Management and Producing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from Columbia.
Tuesday, December 11 7-9pm ART/NY South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, Studio B
Allie and guest expert Anna Frenkel will lead a 2-hour peer-to-peer conversation about fundraising from individuals for small companies. Together, we’ll discuss personal appeals, crowdfunding, benefit events, and cultivating and maintaining donors. We’ll share experiences from the TEAM’s own history, and solicit your questions in advance of the workshop to help guide our discussion.
Currently the Director of Development at Atlantic Theater Company, Anna Frenkel was previously part of the fundraising teams at Signature Theatre, The Public Theater, and MTC. She holds an M.A. in Performing Arts Admin from NYU and a B.S. in Computer Science from SMU When not at the theater or schmoozing donors, she plays competitive pinball.
The TEAM has added another Devising within a Democracy workshop in June, this time taught by Artistic Director Rachel Chavkin. Click here for more information!
Devising Within a Democracy
In June, the TEAM will be bringing our Devising Within a Democracy workshop back to NYC! Modeled on the TEAM’s own unique creative process, this workshop gives participants insight into a mini devising process, providing tools and strategies for solo and group creation, working through delicate issues of collaboration and authorship, and bridging into the editing and synthesizing process. Perfect for artists of all levels of experience! Learn more.
Wednesday, June 13th
7 – 10pm
And there’s still time to register for our second Self-Producing Workshop!
Our self-producing series, led by the TEAM’s Producing Director Alexandra Lalonde and industry guests, continues this spring with two more workshops about the business side of making and sustaining your work. Each two-hour session is a peer-to-peer discussion over drinks–your registration fee includes beer and wine provided by the TEAM.
Tickets are available now! Space is limited so don’t miss your chance to be part of a truly magical celebration. Bring your dancing shoes, your singing voice, your open heart and generosity. It’ll be a night to remember.
The TEAM is hosting a party to celebrate the launch of our newest project: Reconstruction (Still Working but the Devil Might Be Inside). Save the date and plan to join us for a giant celebration that will benefit the making of Reconstruction!
This spring, the TEAM will be leading three of our devising and self-producing workshops! Click here for more information!
Devising Within a Democracy
In June, the TEAM will be bringing our Devising Within a Democracy workshop back to NYC! Modeled on the TEAM’s own unique creative process, this 4-hour workshop gives participants insight into a mini devising process, providing tools and strategies for solo and group creation, working through delicate issues of collaboration and authorship, and bridging into the editing and synthesizing process. Perfect for artists of all levels of experience! Learn more.
Our self-producing series, led by the TEAM’s Producing Director Alexandra Lalonde and industry guests, continues this spring with two more workshops about the business side of making and sustaining your work. Each two-hour session is a peer-to-peer discussion over drinks–your registration fee includes beer and wine provided by the TEAM. Both workshops will be held in Manhattan.