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.
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.
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.