Rachel Chavkin is the founder and artistic director of the TEAM (the Theater of the Emerging American Moment), a NYC-based theater company that creates new work to dissect and celebrate the experience of living in America today. With the TEAM, Rachel has directed/co-authored Particularly in the Heartland; A Thousand Natural Shocks; Give Up! Start Over!; Howl, based on the poem by Allen Ginsberg; and Architecting; produced by the National Theater of Scotland. Outside of her work with the TEAM, she has collaborated on a number of new works, including with performer/playwright/composer Taylor Mac on The Lily's Revenge at HERE Arts Center and Peace (based on the play by Aristophanes); playwright/ composer Molly Rice and composer Ray Rizzo on Canary; playwright Steve Yockey on Wonder; and playwright Talaya Delaney and composer/lyricist Dave Malloy on Haarlem Berlin. She has directed All the Great Books (Abridged) by the Reduced Shakespeare Company (Hangar Theater), Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (Classic Stage Company), and the NYC revival of Kurt Vonnegut's Happy Birthday, Wanda June. She has worked as dramaturg or assistant director on a wide range of projects. Rachel is an Artistic Associate at Classic Stage Company, a New Georges affiliated artist, a member of the Women's Project Lab, and a Drama League alumnus. She earned her BFA at NYU, where she now serves on the directing faculty at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and she earned her MFA at Columbia University.
The TEAM is the Theatre of the Emerging American Moment. We are a New York City-based theatre company dedicated to dissecting and celebrating the experience of living in America today ....▶
Enthralling and infuriating, funny and tragic, intelligent and downright lunatic—it is impossible to have a simple response to this extraordinary production in which the New York based Company The TEAM have collaborated with the National Theatre of Scotland ....▶
A Thousand Natural Shocks
For anyone who has had it up to their Fox-scarred eyeballs with faith-based politics—but thought What’s the Matter with Kansas? hit below the grain belt—director Rachel Chavkin has a prescription ....▶