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Spring Adult Classes

Spring 2020 Classes

April 6 – 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

Spring Classes

Story Theatre 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 7:00pm -10:00pm


Open to new and returning students

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 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Open to new and returning students


On-Camera Technique: Auditioning for Film and Television with Lynn Baber

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Practice your audition technique and learn the skills that set on-camera work apart from the theatrical auditioning process. Instructor Lynn Baber 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  7:30pm – 10:00pm


Previous experience recommended but not required

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 9 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 7:00pm  – 10:00pm, Class April 8-May 13

Final Performance May 13 at 8:00pm

Audition April 1


Final Performance May 8 at 8:00pm