Sarah Gancher is a playwright who loves epic stories, big ideas, and deep comedy. Her most frequent subject is how history is reflected in individual lives—how places, communities, and debates evolve over time. Her plays have been produced or developed at London’s National Theatre, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, Budapest’s Quarter6Quarter7 Festival, Steppenwolf, Seattle Rep, Hartford Stage, The Public Theatre, The Atlantic, Ars Nova, PS122, La Mama, P73, New York Stage and Film, Women’s Project, The Flea, NYC SummerStage, Mosaic (DC), the Great Plains Theater Conference, and Telluride Theatre, among others. She has been a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, a member of P73’s writer’s group Interstate 73, a Writing Fellow with The Playwrights’ Realm, and a member of the Ars Nova Play Group.
Rachel Chavkin is a director/dramaturg/writer, and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM. Since its founding in 2004, Rachel has directed/co-authored all of the TEAM’s work, including RoosevElvis (which recently completed a sold-out run in NYC as part of PS122’s COIL Festival and which is now touring nationally and internationally), and Mission Drift, created by the company with composer Heather Christian and playwright/dramaturg Sarah Gancher (last seen a sold-out run at London’s National Theatre).Outside of the TEAM Rachel also regularly collaborates with writers and composers on new work. She has had multiple collaborations with composer Dave Malloy, including the critically acclaimed and immersively staged electro-pop opera Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, Kazino) which made Top Ten 2012 and 2013 lists at The New York Times, Time Out New York and New York Post, and which earned Rachel and Dave an Obie Award. Their most recent project, Preludes, about Rachmaninoff and hypnotism, premieres Spring 2015 at LCT3. Additional freelance: Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Old Globe), the English National Tour of Joseph Heller’s adaptation of Catch-22 (Northern Stage, Newcastle, UK); Confirmation, which Rachel developed with British writer/performer Chris Thorpe, and which was awarded the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe First Award (produced by China Plate, co-commissioned by the Warwick Arts Centre and Battersea Arts Centre); Meg Miroshnik’s The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep); Lauren Yee’s The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm); storyteller James Monaco’s Reception (TerraNOVA soloNOVA Festival at the New Ohio Theatre) and his collaboration with composer Jerome Ellis’ entitled Aaron/Marie, co-directed with Annie Tippe (Ars Nova ANTFest 2013, and Under the Radar Incoming); Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy’s Three Pianos for which Rachel and the writer/performers were collectively awarded a Obie (Ontological Incubator, NYTW, A.R.T.); and multiple collaborations with playwright/performer/activist Taylor Mac including his extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge (World Premiere, Act II at HERE Arts Center, Obie Award to Taylor Mac) and Peace, co-written by Mac and Chavkin (Workshop, HERE Arts Center).