The TEAM Makes A Play at NY Indie Theatre Film Festival

Wednesday, January 18 at 9pm

Tickets are $10

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Our friends at the New Ohio are launching a new film festival for indie theatre artists branching out into film, and we’re delighted to have The TEAM Makes A Play, Paulette Douglas’ documentary about the making of Mission Drift included as part of the inaugural lineup. If you haven’t caught a screening in the past, the film follows the 3+ year saga of developing our original musical about American Capitalism: living in a foreclosed home in Las Vegas, workshopping in New York (including at the old Ohio), London, and Portugal, and the (many) ups and downs in between.

Tickets are cheap and the seats are limited. We hope you can join us!

To check out the rest of the line up, click here.

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Devising and Producing workshops for November and December

Now open for registration: three new workshops in November and December on self-producing and devising.

We’re changing up the format for our Self-Producing workshops this year. Led by our Producing Director Manda Martin and Associate Producer Lucy Jackson, each class will be focused on a particular aspect of producing, from budgeting to fundraising to formalizing a company, and we’re inviting guest experts from the field to join us for a peer-to-peer skull session on your questions about each topic. And instead of having these conversations in a florescent-lit room, we’ll be convening at the TEAM’s neighborhood bar, and your first drink is included in your registration fee.

Our Devising Within A Democracy workshops will NOT be held in a bar. For the first offered this season, fresh off her opening of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Rachel will lead a director-focused workshop on ensemble creation, covering strategies for generating content, the editing process, and navigating the murky waters of collaboration and authorship.

Tuesday, November 1, 7-9pm – Self-Producing for Artists and Ensembles: Fundraising 
Monday, November 14, 7-9pm  – Self-Producing for Artists and Ensembles: Budgeting 
Tuesday, December 6, 7-10pm – Directing for Ensembles and Devised Work

Ensemble Discount

For all devising workshops, we offer a 15% discount for up to 3 members of the same ensemble when you attend together. Requests for ensemble registration should be emailed to, with “Ensemble Workshop Discount” in the subject heading, and information about your group. All discounts are subject to approval from the TEAM.

New this year, we’re holding one seat in each workshop for an equivalent number of volunteer hours instead of the full registration fee. Requests for barter should be emailed to, with “Workshop Fee Barter” in the subject heading. Barter offers will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, and participants must commit to an agreed schedule for volunteer hours prior to attending the class.

Stay tuned for more offerings in 2017!

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The reviews are in for Anything That Gives Off Light

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***** An astonishingly accomplished piece of work…as entertaining as it is intellectually demanding.
Fest Mag

**** A fierce poetic snapshot of two contemporary cultures linked by history.
The Scotsman

The three distinctive actors [are] perfectly matched, giving tough, intelligent performances, masking an inner warmth behind their deadpan wit.

**** Exhilarating…Raw, heartfelt and messy on several levels…Boldly theatrical.
The Stage

**** A trenchant critique of global complicity…attacks pieties about Scottish and American victimhood, drawing the line between fantasies of freedom and violent aggression.
The List

**** A whisky-fired fantasia.
Herald Scotland

The gauzy dream-world of their storytelling where we can zip from West Virginia to Scotland makes this adventure magical and messy. The labyrinthine format of the show is a fitting way to explore as complex a morass as identity. Nothing is fixed. Ideas morph with time and so too must our storytelling.

**** A true celebration of Scottish culture, humour, music and storytelling.
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Want to learn more about Anything That Gives Off Light?

View more production and rehearsal photos on Facebook.
Listen to music from the show and an interview with Jess and Sandy on BBC Radio’s Janice Forsyth Show.
Read more about the show in these features from The GuardianFest MagazineHerald ScotlandThe Scotsman, and The List.

Performances run thru August 26. All performances are SOLD OUT.

Seeking: Fall/Winter 2016 Interns

Intern with the TEAM!

The TEAM is now accepting applications from college students and recent grads for the following Fall/Winter internships in our Brooklyn office:


Production interns will work alongside the Producing Director and Associate Producer on touring and company management, new project development, communications and outreach, video and press archiving, and all aspects of the TEAM’s current production portfolio.

Development and Grantwriting

Development interns will work with the Producing Director and Fundraising Committee to plan and execute fundraising campaigns and events, prepare and submit funding applications, and maintain donor and funder records. 

We place a high priority on giving all interns ownership of projects and tangible experience in the day to day administration of a small ensemble company. When possible, interns also support and observe rehearsals and artistic development, as well as TEAM-led devising workshops. A minimum commitment of 8 hours/week is required for both internships, beginning in September. The TEAM’s office hours are 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday. Scheduling is otherwise very flexible.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to with “Internship” in the subject line, and indicate the internship for which you are applying. Interested development interns should also submit a 1-2 page writing sample.

We look forward to working with you!

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Rehearsals begin for Anything That Gives Off Light

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Hello from post-Brexit London, where Rachel, Jess, Matty, and Nick joined our Scottish collaborators on Monday to begin rehearsals for Anything That Gives Off Light. It’s a surreal time to be here to say the least, working on a play exploring (among many things) collective and self-interest, the Scottish independence movement, and America’s second amendment.

We begin performances at the Edinburgh International Festival on August 16, and can’t wait to be back. If you will be in town for the festivals, you have 13 chances to the see the show, but many performances are selling out already. Book a ticket now and have a drink with us after!


Photo: Eoin Carey.

One Night Only: Primer for a Failed Superpower on June 8

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Featuring: The TEAM, Gowanus Music Club, and special guests

Doors 7pm – Show 8pm

Join us for a one-night-only sneak peek of our work-in-development PRIMER FOR A FAILED SUPERPOWER.

We’ll kick the night off with a teenage rock band from the Gowanus Music Club, followed by new protest songs created for PRIMER by Heather Christian, Justin Ellington, and Stephanie Ryan Johnstone, performed by the TEAM and a multigenerational band of special guests.

Stay after for a silent auction, button and zine-making station, and grilled cheese.

Bring your ID, bring your dancing shoes, bring your niece and your grandmother. We want to celebrate with you.

Cover $10

Supporter: $35, includes your first drink on us

VIP: $100, includes reserved seating and open bar

Littlefield: 622 Degraw St. Brooklyn, NY (map)


This event is ages 21+


New workshops announced in Boston and NYC!

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Back by popular demand: we’re offering 3 Devising Within a Democracy workshops in both Boston and New York City this May/June, as well as a 2-hour workshop and discussion with our administrative TEAM on self-producing for artists and ensembles.

Classes are intentionally limited to under 20 participants to ensure everyone can participate meaningfully, which means they fill up fast! For more information and to register, visit our Upcoming Workshops page.


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RoosevElvis in Boston: the reviews are in!


The Boston Globe:

“Funny, thoughtful, affecting…the excellent performances of actors Libby King and Kristen Sieh, and [Rachel] Chavkin’s clever direction, carry the day.”

WBUR The Artery:

“Strange, charming and highly likable…a straight-ahead, full-tilt voyage through man- (and woman-) hood.”


“Not your ordinary take on history or gender…[an] imaginative, theatrical collage.”

Boston Events Insider:

“Weirdly brilliant…surprisingly emotional…wildly entertaining.”

A limited number of seats and standing room have been released for our final 13 performances at A.R.T. Book now!

New World Premiere at Edinburgh International Festival

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We are so. excited. to announce that our latest collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland, Anything That Gives Off Light, will make its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2016.

From the press release:

Every light casts a shadow…

The National Theatre of Scotland, the TEAM and the Edinburgh International Festival are delighted to announce the world premiere of a new co-production Anything That Gives Off Light, which will premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2016.

Anything That Gives Off Light uses the Scottish Enlightenment as a lens through which to examine the contrasting and overlapping national myths of Scotland and America. This new collaboration is set to premiere in August 2016 and marks the debut of the TEAM at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Written collaboratively, Anything That Gives Off Light, is led by Rachel Chavkin, the TEAM Artistic Director, and Davey Anderson, whose work as Associate Director with the National Theatre of Scotland includes Enquirer, To Begin, Black Watch and Home.

Anything That Gives Off Light follows the story of a Scottish man who, after years of living in London, catches the sleeper train north to the heart of Scotland for a homecoming he’s been putting off for years.  In a pub, an American woman drinks alone, trying to remember who she is while forgetting where she came from. When their paths collide they set off on a tour of the Highlands, slipping through the cracks between present and past, waking and dreaming, the real and the imagined. But as they shed the layers of their national identities, the ghosts of dead philosophers, crofters, cowboys, myth-makers and soothsayers get ever closer.

Featuring live music from the Scottish-American folk tradition, and the TEAM’s trademark athletic performance style, this foot-stomping collaboration explores the tension between self interest and sacrifice and the individual and the collective in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.

We’re looking forward to another summer in Scotland!

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We need YOU to send us your favorite protest songs

We’re headed back into the rehearsal room for Primer for a Failed Superpower, our newest project for which we are forming a multigenerational cover band comprised of 10 teenagers, 10 TEAM members, and 10 elders (ages 65+) to play a concert of protest songs from the past 75 years through today. Listen to the podcast from our last workshop here:

Our next order of business is picking the rest of the songs we’ll cover together, and we need your help to crowdsource the widest cross-section of songs possible.

What song encapsulates a particular geopolitical moment for you?
What song feels like “your America”?
What song did you rage to in your bedroom as a teenager?
What song today makes you want to march in the street?

Send us YouTube videos, Spotify mixes, or titles/artists. Tell us why that song matters to you (if you want). Ask your students, younger siblings/cousins. Ask your grandma and send us her protest song.

Tweet, Facebook, or Instagram us @theteamplays using #PrimerPlaylistor email with“Primer playlist” in the subject line. Rehearsals begin January 25, so don’t wait! 

And we’ll add all of your suggestions to our ever-growing Spotify playlist: