Rachel Chavkin


Rachel Chavkin is two-time Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk nominated director, and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM. She has directed/co-authored all the company’s work, and loves this family.

Outside of the TEAM: Dave Malloy’s electro-pop opera Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino – commercial transfer; World Premiere: Ars Nova – New York Times, Time Out New York and New York Post Critics’ Picks, and Top Ten 2012 and 2013); Meg Miroshnik’s The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep, Feb 2014); Lauren Yee’s The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm, Sep 2014); storyteller James Monaco’s Reception (TerraNOVA soloNOVA Festival at the New Ohio Theatre) and his collaboration with composer Jerome Ellis’ entitled Aaron/Marie (Ars Nova ANTFest 2013); Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy’s Three Pianos (A.R.T., NYTW – Dec ’10/Jan ’11, Ontological Incubator Series – Feb/March ’10, 2010 ObieAward); collaborations with playwright/performer/activist Taylor Mac including his extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge (World Premiere, Act II at HERE Arts Center, 2010 ObieAward) and Peace, co-written by Mac and Chavkin (Workshop, HERE Arts Center, 2007).

Recent projects include several new works with Dave Malloy, folk singer Anais Mitchell, an adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 for Northern Stage in Newcastle, and a collaboration with British writer/performer Chris Thorpe.

Rachel is an NYTW Usual Suspect, an Artistic Associate at London’s Gate Theatre and New York’s Classic Stage Company, for whom she has directed a number of readings/workshops and serves as a Shakespeare coach to Mandy Patinkin and other artists, an alum of Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, the Drama League Directors Project, the Women’s Project Director’s Lab, and a New Georges Affiliate Artist. She has also taught directing and performance at NYU, Pace, and other colleges, as well as workshops with the TEAM about their unique collaborative writing process. B.F.A. NYU, M.F.A. Columbia.


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Bess Wohl's Acclaimed Small Mouth Sounds Extends Off-Broadway / Ars Nova has announced a two-week extension for its acclaimed world-premiere production of Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl (American Hero), helmed by OBIE Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin.

Aggressive Inefficiency: from Stage to Page with Rachel Chavkin and Alec Duffy
/ To explore this question, I was specifically curious about theater innovators Rachel Chavkin and Alec Duffy because they are both primarily identified (even self-identified) in the theater world as directors.

Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Village Voice Obie Awards / The 58th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theater, were given out at a ceremony tonight at Webster Hall.

Love Away From the Battlefield / The clash of armies is not to be heard during “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” the vibrant, transporting new musical adapted from a potent slice of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.”

Broadening the Theatrical Palate: Rachel Chavkin and the TEAM / Rachel Chavkin, three-time Obie Award-winning director, educator, and founding Artistic Director of the New York City-based theater company the TEAM

Architecting / 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

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