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Spring Adult Classes

Spring Session I classes begin January 23!

Spring Session II classes begin March 12!

Spring Session III classes begin May 14!

“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

Have an idea for a class with you and 7 of your friends? We can offer customizable classes! Contact info@piventheatre.org

Session I

Improvisation, Games, and Risk-Taking
w/ Instructor Robin Chaplik  

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

$225
January 23 – February 27

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!

Session II

Improvisation, Games, and Risk-Taking
with Robin Chaplik 

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

$225
March 12 – April 16

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!

Session III

Improv and Games for the Stage!
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

$250
May 14 – June 18

Discover the sheer joy of play with a taste of performance! Learn new (and perfect old) skills in a fun and supportive environment. Experience an extended version of Piven’s signature mix of theatre games, scene-based improvisation, and ensemble building techniques.

This class culminates in an open workshop for an audience of friends and family.

Taught by Senior Teacher, Robin Chaplik

Playwrights as Actors: Applying Piven Acting Techniques
to Writing Effective, Playable Scenes
Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

$250
May 23 – June 27

This class in playwriting fundamentals is for anyone of any level of experience who wants to learn about writing playable scenes. What a writer does in creating a scene is similar to what actors do in playing it: each looks to explore and reveal the connections between characters and to heighten not only the sense of a line of dialogue but also what the line is “doing” in the characters’ shared relationship. In this class, we’ll apply Piven Techniques that actors have learned for playing scenes to the writing of short scene units or “beats” that actors will want to play. There will be brief home writing assignments each week to be read and discussed in class, and also actively explored and re-invented through class improvisation.

Stay tuned for more spring offerings!