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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 with Mikalina Rabinsky

Thursdays 7:00pm -10:00pm


Piven Theatre Workshop has been devising new literary adaptations for nearly 50 years. In this class, we will give our adult students the opportunity to harness the creative energy of an ensemble-driven, text-based devising process to adapt and perform stories together. Open to new and returning students.

Improvisation, Games & Risk Taking with Artistic Director Jen Green


Tuesdays 7:00pm – 9:00pm


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! Open to new and returning students.

On-Camera Technique: Auditioning for Film and Television with Lynn Baber
(Applied Training)

Tuesdays  7:00pm – 9:30pm


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. Previous experience recommended but not required.

Performance Classes for Adults

Script to Stage: Piven Technique for Performance with Joanne Underwood

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

Final Performance May 13 at 8:00pm

Audition April 1


Audition Only! Led by senior teacher Joanne Underwood, 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. In recent sessions, Joanne has directed cuts of Our Town and Doubt. It is bound to be an exciting event for our community and students!