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Spring Adult Classes

Spring 2019 Classes

Spring Session I: 2/4-3/15

Spring Session II: 4/1-5/10

“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! Finding Your Forte: Singing and Performance with Susan Payne-O’Brien

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Drawing on her experiences as co-founder of Forte, Chicago’s premier company focusing on opera, improv, and sketch comedy, master instructor Susan Payne-O’Brien brings her approach to singing and performance home to Piven! Unleash your potential by learning how the Piven Technique’s improvisatory methods can counter the self-concern that is so often self-defeating in vocal performance while heightening your acting choices through Forte Chicago’s signature robust physicality and focus on character development.

Susan sings, acts, and directs with a focus on the intersection of storytelling and musical performance. She fell in love with the possibilities of story at the Piven Theatre Workshop where she has directed, adapted, and taught for the past 22 years.  She has taken her skills as a writer and director to The Piven Theatre, The Waters Project, 2nd Story, and CUBE.  She is passionate about the development of vocal artists and has worked within the music schools and development programs of DePaul University, The Chicago College of Performing Arts, and The Santa Fe Opera.

This class is open to new and returning students, but musical experience is required. Students should come to the first class with a fully memorized musical theatre or classical song to work on throughout the session.

Drawing on her experiences as co-founder of Forte, Chicago’s premier company focusing on opera, improv, and sketch comedy, master instructor Susan Payne-O’Brien brings her approach to singing and performance home to Piven! Unleash your potential by learning how the Piven Technique’s improvisatory methods can counter the self-concern that is so often self-defeating in vocal performance while heightening your acting choices through Forte Chicago’s signature robust physicality and focus on character development.

Susan sings, acts, and directs with a focus on the intersection of storytelling and musical performance. She fell in love with the possibilities of story at the Piven Theatre Workshop where she has directed, adapted, and taught for the past 22 years.  She has taken her skills as a writer and director to The Piven Theatre, The Waters Project, 2nd Story, and CUBE.  She is passionate about the development of vocal artists and has worked within the music schools and development programs of DePaul University, The Chicago College of Performing Arts, and The Santa Fe Opera.

This class is open to new and returning students, but musical experience is required. Students should come to the first class with a fully memorized musical theatre or classical song to work on throughout the session.

Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM

Spring Session 1: February 4-March 11 $295

Spring Classes

NEW PROGRAM! Finding Your Forte: Singing and Performance with Susan Payne-O’Brien

Quick Look

Drawing on her experiences as co-founder of Forte, Chicago’s premier company focusing on opera, improv, and sketch comedy, master instructor Susan Payne-O’Brien brings her approach to singing and performance home to Piven! Unleash your potential by learning how the Piven Technique’s improvisatory methods can counter the self-concern that is so often self-defeating in vocal performance while heightening your acting choices through Forte Chicago’s signature robust physicality and focus on character development.

Susan sings, acts, and directs with a focus on the intersection of storytelling and musical performance. She fell in love with the possibilities of story at the Piven Theatre Workshop where she has directed, adapted, and taught for the past 22 years.  She has taken her skills as a writer and director to The Piven Theatre, The Waters Project, 2nd Story, and CUBE.  She is passionate about the development of vocal artists and has worked within the music schools and development programs of DePaul University, The Chicago College of Performing Arts, and The Santa Fe Opera.

This class is open to new and returning students, but musical experience is required. Students should come to the first class with a fully memorized musical theatre or classical song to work on throughout the session.

Drawing on her experiences as co-founder of Forte, Chicago’s premier company focusing on opera, improv, and sketch comedy, master instructor Susan Payne-O’Brien brings her approach to singing and performance home to Piven! Unleash your potential by learning how the Piven Technique’s improvisatory methods can counter the self-concern that is so often self-defeating in vocal performance while heightening your acting choices through Forte Chicago’s signature robust physicality and focus on character development.

Susan sings, acts, and directs with a focus on the intersection of storytelling and musical performance. She fell in love with the possibilities of story at the Piven Theatre Workshop where she has directed, adapted, and taught for the past 22 years.  She has taken her skills as a writer and director to The Piven Theatre, The Waters Project, 2nd Story, and CUBE.  She is passionate about the development of vocal artists and has worked within the music schools and development programs of DePaul University, The Chicago College of Performing Arts, and The Santa Fe Opera.

This class is open to new and returning students, but musical experience is required. Students should come to the first class with a fully memorized musical theatre or classical song to work on throughout the session.

Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM

Spring Session 1: February 4-March 11 $295

Monologue and Audition Technique

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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.

Spring Session 1: Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM

February 5-March 12 $225

Previous experience recommended but not required

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 7:30 –10:30 PM

Spring Session 1: February 6-March 13

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

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

On-Camera Technique: Auditioning for Film and Television

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Practice your audition technique and learn the skills that set on-camera work apart from the theatrical auditioning process. Instructor Ryan Kitley will prepare students to audition for everything from one-liners to series regular to feature film auditions. Students will learn exercises to become comfortable in front of the camera and work with scenes pulled from a variety of films and shows shot in the Chicagoland area.

Tuesdays,  7:30 – 10:00 PM

Spring Session 2: April 2-May 7 $245

Previous experience recommended but not required

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.

Tuesdays 7:00-10:00 PM

Spring Session 2: April 4-May 9 $225

Open to new and returning students

Performance Classes for Adults

Script to Stage: Piven Technique for Performance

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Lead by senior teacher Joanne Underwood, advanced students who have completed Piven Technique for the Actor will rehearse together to workshop a staged performance for the Piven community as part of our “Performance Lab of Piven”. Depending on the level of participation, and the composition of those participating, this could be a series of performed scenes, staged readings, story ensembles, personal stories, or a full play. It is bound to be an exciting event for our community and students!

Wednesdays 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Audition March 27

Class April 3-May 8 $245

Final Performance May 7 at 8:00pm