written, directed and performed by Frank Boyd
created in collaboration with the TEAM
consulting directors: Rachel Chavkin & Josh Aaseng
sound designer: Matt Hubbs
set and lighting designer: Eric Southern


The Holler Sessions, staged as a live radio show, centers around one man’s burning obsession for American jazz. Ray, an explosive Kansas City DJ, broadcasts his love of jazz from his shoddy studio with an infectious passion for this uniquely American art form. Ray’s maniacal rants, razor-sharp insights, and mildly scatological humor are interspersed with truly gorgeous music and lots of space for listening. The Holler Sessions serves as a jazz primer for the uninitiated, a powerful reminder for jazz fans and an irreverent love letter to the best thing America has ever created – and forgotten.



July 14-23, 2017: Ancram Opera House (Ancram, NY)
August, 2017: Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN)


Sept 29-Oct 9, 2016 | ACT Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Feb 1-26, 2017 | Detroit Public Theatre (Detroit, MI)
January 6-17, 2016PS 122‘s COIL Festival (NYC, NY)
August 20-22, 2015Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen, The Netherlands)
January 8-11 & 15-18, 2015 | On the Boards (Seattle, WA)



Frank Boyd (writer/director/performer)

Frank Boyd is a member of the NYC ensembles Elevator Repair Service and the TEAM. With ERS he performed in Gatz (Public Theater), and The Select / The Sun Also Rises (New York Theater Workshop). With the TEAM Frank co-wrote and performed in Architecting (Public Theater, PS122) and Particularly In the Heartland (PS122). In 2015/16 Frank performed on tour with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company in Straight White Men. Frank also recently appeared in A View From the Bridge at Seattle Repertory Theater and the world premieres of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Seattle Times Footlight Award) at Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Red Speedo at the Studio Theatre in DC. Frank appears in the independent film Almost Family (Best Drama 2014 and he wrote and starred in the 2010 short film B.U.S.T. (Special Jury Prize Dallas International Film Festival). Frank went to NYU and is from East Lansing, MI.

Rachel Chavkin (consulting director)

Rachel is a director, writer, and Artistic Director of the TEAM. Select freelance credits: Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (New York Times Best of 2012 & 2013); Marco Ramirez’s The Royale at the Old Globe; repeat collaborations with playwright/performer/activist Taylor Mac. Awards: 2010 and 2013 Obie Awards (Three Pianos and Great Comet), Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Nominations for Best Direction (Great Comet), and Doris Duke Impact Award Nominee.

Josh Aaseng (consulting director)

Josh is an actor and director based in Seattle. As Book-It Repertory Theatre’s literary manager he has helped develop several new works, including his adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five, which he directed in June 2015.  Josh is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Eric Southern (lighting & set design)

Eric is an Obie Award winning designer for theater, opera, and dance. New York: Pocatello (Playwrights Horizons), Steve (New Group) The FewBuyer and Cellar (London, CTG, New York, & National Tour); Collected Stories with David Lang (Carnegie Hall). He has also worked extensively with the Obie Award winning 600 HIGHWAYMEN.

the TEAM

Founded in 2004, the TEAM is an internationally acclaimed Brooklyn-based ensemble. Four-time winners of the Edinburgh Fringe First Award and ranked “Best of 2013′′ on 3 continents, the TEAM is dedicated to making new work about the experience of living in America today, crashing American history and mythology into modern stories to illuminate the current moment.

Development history/partners:

The Holler Sessions premiered at On the Boards in 2015. Development of The Holler Sessions has been supported by On the Boards, the TEAM, Seattle Repertory Theater and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Early material for The Holler Sessions was developed as part of a work created by the TEAM and Sojourn Theater. Additional touring support received from the Foundation For Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.



Review from NY Times
Review from Culturebot
Announcement of Guthrie’s ‘Level Nine’
Feature from American Theatre magazine
 from City Arts
Review from Encore Arts
Review from the Seattle Times Feature on Frank and The Holler Sessions in Seattle Times
Feature on The Holler Sessions in The Stranger
Feature on The Holler Sessions & Frank Boyd in City Arts
Interview with Frank Boyd on NPR (KPLU 88.5) public jazz radio Seattle
Excerpt from The Holler Sessions published in the international online literary journal B O D Y