Fall Adult Classes
Fall 2019 Classes
Fall Session I: 9/23-10/31
Fall Session II: 11/04-12/19
No class 11/25-11/30 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
Scene Study I
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 to 10:00 PM
Scene Study II
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 to 10:00 PM
Games, Story, & Scene
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.
Open to new and returning students
Playback Theatre Technique
Improvisation, Games, and Risk Taking
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! This class been popular with teachers, social workers, and anyone else who has to think on their feet for a living.
Tuesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Scene Study Performance Class
Apply your Piven training to advanced-level scene work. The Scene Study Extension provides advanced and returning students with the opportunity to polish scene work for performance. Led by an expert instructor, students will work in pairs to build the world of their scene and then present their final performances to the community in an Open Workshop on December 18th.
Wednesdays, 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Monologue and Audition Technique with Lynn Baber (Applied Technique)
Learn how Piven’s signature improvisation style can take your monologue to the next level and rehearse and perfect your audition technique in a supportive environment! Cover all of the steps of a theatrical audition process, including the ins and outs of resumes and headshots, monologue selection and rehearsal, the first round of auditions, and callbacks. Students must come to the first class with a fully memorized, contemporary monologue.
Tuesdays, 7:00pm -10:00pm
Previous experience recommended but not required
and the Art of Adaptation
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 to 10:00 PM
Open to new and returning students