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.



March 8-11, 2018: Artists Rep (Portland, OR)


July 14-23, 2017 Ancram Opera House (Ancram, NY)
August 4-20, 2017
Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
Feb 1-26, 2017
| Detroit Public Theatre (Detroit, MI)
Sept 29-Oct 9, 2016
| ACT Theatre (Seattle, WA)
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 Seattle based actor and writer. He is a member of the NYC ensembles Elevator Repair Service and the TEAM, with whom he has performed in Gatz, The SelectArchitecting and Particularly in the Heartland. Frank has also toured with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company in Straight White Men. Also: Red Speedo (Studio Theatre DC, dir. by Lila Neugebauer), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Book-It Rep, Seattle Times Footlight Award), A View From the Bridge (Seattle Rep). TV & Film: Z-Nation, Almost Family, B.U.S.T. Frank is currently creating a new show with Libby King called Patti & The Kid, a post-apocalyptic western with Nerf guns that will premiere at On the Boards in Seattle in April 2018.

Rachel Chavkin (consulting director)

Rachel Chavkin (Consulting Director) is a director, writer, dramaturg, and Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based ensemble, the TEAM. She is a 3-time Obie Award winner, a Drama Desk Award winner, and was nominated for a Tony for her immersive production of Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre &a the Great Comet of 1812, now running on Broadway and nominated for 12 Tony’s. Her production of Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds, which had two highly acclaimed runs in NYC, will begin a national tour this fall.

Josh Aaseng (consulting director)

Josh Aaseng (Consulting Director) is a director and writer based in Seattle, and the associate artistic director for Book-It Repertory Theatre, where he’s developed several new works, including his adaptations of Welcome to Braggsville (co-adapted with Daemond Arrindell) and Slaughterhouse-Five. Josh is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Eric Southern (lighting & set design)

Eric Southern (Lighting & Set Designer) Off-Broadway: The Harvest, Bull in a China Shop, Ghostlight (LCT3); Sell/Buy/Date (MTC); PocatelloIndian Summer (Playwrights Horizons); Rimbaud in NY (BAM, The Civilians); Steve (New Group); Tell Hector I Miss Him, Good Television, 10×25 (Atlantic Theater)Buyer and Cellar (London, CTG, New York, & National Tour);  Collected Stories: Memoir with David Lang (Carnegie Hall). His work with the group 600 HIGHWAYMEN has been seen throughout the US and Europe.

Matt Hubbs (sound design)

Matt Hubbs (Sound Designer) With the TEAM: Anything That Gives Off LightRoosevElvisMission DriftArchitectingParticularly in the Heartlanda Thousand Natural Shocks.  Other designs: Indecent(The Cort Theatre, The Vineyard, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Rep); The Royale (Lincoln Center, Old Globe), Time and the Conways (Old Globe); Stage Kiss100 Saints You Should Know (Playwrights Horizons); Marie Antoinette (ART, Yale Rep, SoHo Rep); Three Pianos (NYTW, ART).

the TEAM

The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based theatre ensemble dedicated to creating new work about the experience of living in America today. Since 2004, they have created 10 original and award-winning pieces of theatre.

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.



Review from The New York Times
Review from Star Tribune
Review from Culturebot
Announcement of Guthrie’s ‘Level Nine’
Nomination 2017 Wilde Award
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