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Fall Adult Classes

Fall 2018 Classes

Fall Session I: 9/17-10/26

Fall Session II: 10/29-12/20

No class 10/1 - 10/7 due to construction

No class 11/19-11/23 for Thanksgiving

“Every day I realize more and more that my ability to hear and really understand the spoken word, and my love for bringing life to the written word, does not come from anything I learned in school.  It all comes from Byrne and Joyce Piven.”

Murphy Monroe

Alum / Executive Director, Actors Gymnasium

Class Spotlight

NEW PROGRAM! Perform Your Story: Personal Narrative and Story Theatre with Susan Applebaum

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Want to see how stories from your life can play out onstage? This is the class for you! Master Piven instructor Susan Applebaum draws on her experiences creating 2017’s Wise Women and Witches for the Lab@Piven series to share her unique process of adapting personal stories for the stage. Class will focus on training students in Piven’s theatre games and story theatre technique, writing and refining personal stories to share with the ensemble, and adapting and staging stories through ensemble exploration.

Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM

Fall Session 2: October 29-December 10 $225

Fall Classes

theatre workshop for adults

Improvisation, Games & Risk Taking (Basic Piven)

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Want to know what Piven is all about?

Are you interested in getting into a theater class, shaking off the dust, and activating your creativity? This class allows students to discover the Piven Technique by learning theatre games and improvisation in a fun, supportive, ensemble-based environment. Perfect for all students looking to discover and re-discover our work!

Tuesdays 7:30 – 10:30 PM

Fall Session 1: September 18-October 23

Open to new and returning students

$225

Basic Piven Scene Study (Basic/Intermediate Piven)

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In this class, students prepare and rehearse scenes from contemporary plays and utilize improvisation and games to deepen characters and relationships. Students explore how Piven uses the impulsiveness of improvisation during the rehearsal process, while being restrained by and respectful of a script. Best for students who have taken Improvisation, Games, and Risk Taking or Games, Story, and Scene, but previous experience is not required.

Tuesdays 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Fall Session 1: September 18-October 23
$225

Piven Technique for the Actor (Intermediate/Advanced Piven)

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Building on the skills developed in our other adult programs, in this advanced class students use Piven improvisation and games to unlock spontaneity and take scene work to the next level.  This class is taught by senior teacher Joanne Underwood and intended for students with acting experience. Each session has a different focus, be it a particular skill for the actor, like character development or text work, or material from a particular play or playwright.

Wednesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM

Fall Session 1: September 19-October 24 $225

Possible “Performance Extension”: November 7-December 5 $150

Games, Story, & Scene (Basic/Intermediate Piven)

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Learn Piven’s core improvisational technique and apply it to scripted stories & scenes. Each session of the class is centered on a different theme. Past themes have included stories of the sea, family relationships, and magical realism. Under the expert instruction of a senior teacher, students will create and perform stories by focusing on text exploration, subtext, dialogue and narration.

Thursdays 7:00-10:00 PM

Fall Session 1: September 20-October 25

Open to new and returning students

$225

NEW PROGRAM! Perform Your Story: Personal Narrative and Story Theatre with Susan Applebaum

Quick Look

Want to see how stories from your life can play out onstage? This is the class for you! Master Piven instructor Susan Applebaum draws on her experiences creating 2017’s Wise Women and Witches for the Lab@Piven series to share her unique process of adapting personal stories for the stage. Class will focus on training students in Piven’s theatre games and story theatre technique, writing and refining personal stories to share with the ensemble, and adapting and staging stories through ensemble exploration.

Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM

Fall Session 2: October 29-December 10 $225

Building Ensemble and the Art of Adaptation

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Piven Theatre Workshop has been devising new literary adaptations since our inception over forty years ago. In this class, we will give our adult students the opportunity to experience the creative energy of an ensemble-driven, text-based devising process. Through six weeks of group improvisation exercises and text exploration, students will adapt and perform stories together.

Thursdays 7:00-10:00 PM

Fall Session 2: November 8-December 20 $225

Open to new and returning students