Petri Projects

Updates on our Petri Project: Untitled Amelia Earhart Project

“Somewhere in Nebraska. More Specifically. A payphone in Dansbury, NE. Amelia is sitting on the back of a pickup truck smoking…” Check out some #BTS pictures from development work on Libby King and Zhailon Levingston’s Petri Project. We supported a few writing residencies for them to flush out their script that features Amelia Earhart, Radio DJs, and Golf Ball Size hail.

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RSVP for Mercedes

RSVP for an upcoming in-progress showing of MERCEDES, Modesto “Flako” Jimenez‘s Petri Project! Flako and his team have been hard at work developing the project over the past few weeks and we’re excited for this opportunity to see into their process! The showing is next Friday, February 5th at 7pm through the BricLab. Learn more here.

Up Next: New Petri Project by Frank Boyd

Live from Lodge #274: Holiday Raffle, written and starring TEAM artist Frank Boyd, is a new live-streamed performance centered around the personal items donated by members of a mid-Michigan Elks Club for their annual holiday raffle. You won’t want to miss this funny, earnest and quietly elegiac tribute to 2020.

The performance will be on December 22 at 8:00 pm ET via YouTube Live. Attendees will receive the link on the day of the performance.

Run time is approximately 45 minutes.

Get your tickets here.

Quince in the News!

photo by Catherine Krebs

We are delighted by the write-ups that our Petri Project, Quince received. It was a delight to work with Camilo Quiroz-Vazquez and Ellpetha Tsivicos on their work and exploring the ways we can safely enjoy live theater during the pandemic. Check out press articles below:

American Theater Magazine:

Token Theater Friends:

The New York Times:

Up next: Outdoor performances of our Petri Project, Quince

This month, we’ll be supporting our Petri Project, Quince with outdoor socially distanced public performances that integrate COVID-19 safety precautions into the world of the show. Quince, written and created by Camilo Quiroz-Vazquez and directed and created by Ellpetha Tsivicos, is an immersive theatrical experience where we invite audiences to enter a not-so-traditional quinceañera featuring the story of Cynthia, a 14-year-old Mexican American girl confronting her queer identity on the eve of her special day.

Performances will be at the People’s Garden in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Performances are:

  • Friday, August 21st at 5:30 pm
  • Friday, August 21st at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, August 22nd at 5:30pm
  • Saturday, August 22nd at 8:00pm

Runtime is 75 minutes

Tickets are free but must be reserved ahead of time due to limited capacity. You can reserve your ticket here.

Please read below on our COVID-19 Safety Precautions & Protocols:

The People’s Garden is a large outdoor community garden and we have hired crew members trained by an OSHA certified COVID-19 Production Infection Control Agent to help maintain strict social distancing between audience members and performers. Audience seating will be set 6-feet apart and groupings will be no larger than 2-4 individuals from the same household. Our crew members will also help us keep audience capacity limited with no more than 45 individuals for each performance. 

Masks will be mandatory for all audience members and performers at ALL times. We will be providing custom “Quinceañera” themed masks for all attendees upon arrival, and individuals can switch their masks or take it home as a keepsake. Performers will be masked and distanced from audience members and we will use sound equipment to help with acoustics

Audience traffic flow will be regulated within the garden by our safety crew members. Upon arrival, audience members will be split into two groups “Track A” and “Track B” that will help regulate traffic to audience seating and provide two unique experiences for the guests in and out of the garden. Additionally, crew members will thoroughly disinfect all surfaces, seating areas, equipment, tables, etc. between performances. Run time is 75 minutes and we will be clearing the garden an hour before each performance. 

We’ve partnered with The Buren Bar and Grill  (1223 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY), around the corner, to provide clean, sanitary bathrooms for all attendees. Stop by before or after the performance for the “Quince” cocktail. 

Check out our new Petri Projects!

This past January, we expanded our Petri Projects Program inviting project proposals from our wider artistic community and by establishing a new project selection process that featured an artist-led panel rooted in participatory budget models. We have planned seven incredible Petri Projects for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons. This inaugural “Petri Cohort” includes: Jessica Almasy, Frank Boyd, Jerome Ellis, Sanaz Ghajar, Modesto “Flako” Jimenez, Orion Johnstone, Libby King, Zhailon Levingston, Liliana Padilla, Camilo Quiroz-Vazquez, and Ellpetha Tsvicos. Read more about their projects here.

Our next Petri Project: P_T _ND V_NN_ (pat and vanna)

Check out these pictures from work developing our Petri Project: P_T _ND V_NN_ (pat and vanna) which disrupted the narrative of America’s game and included characters Simone deBeauvoir, Pat Sajak, and Vanna White. We had a very small open rehearsal on Sunday and had a rich conversation on identity, partnership, gender roles and some of our favorite game shows. We will miss having Jess, Sanaz, Dito, Chad, Libby (And Jules) in the building.

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Seeking Volunteer Artistic Assistants for the TEAM’s Petri Project AN EXIT TICKET


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.

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.

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 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.

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