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2022 Fall Youth Classes

Fall 2022 Classes Start September 10!

No classes for Thanksgiving Week

Please read class descriptions to learn about on-site and virtual offerings, as well as recommended age groups for each course. Email education@piventheatre.org with any questions or give us a call at (847)866-6597.

*We will be following the latest CDC advice for on-site classes. 

“It has become clear to me that what the Pivens teach has as much to do with human development as it does with preparation for a life in the theatre.  I am not a teacher.  I am merely a father of five who has watched his children, and many other children, now adults, grow under the extraordinary values given them, in part, through their Piven Theatre Workshop experiences.”

Dick Cusack

Advisory Board Member

3rd Grade and Up

Intro to Piven for 3rd-5th Graders 

Saturdays, 9:00am to 10:00am

13 weeks

Sat, Sep 10, 2022 – Dec 10, 2022​ (no class Thanksgiving Week)

Perfect for the young student who wants to begin exploring theatre arts in a fun, supportive environment! Students stretch their creative muscles through theatre games while they begin to discover the art of storytelling and improvisation. This class provides the perfect introduction to the Piven training technique!

5th-6th Grade Improv and Scene
Saturdays, 10:00am to 11:30am

13 weeks

Sat, Sep 10, 2022 – Dec 10, 2022 (no class Thanksgiving Week)

$350

Students learn about improvisation and scene study in this class that explores all that the Piven Technique has to offer. The class focuses on improvisation as a tool for young actors in ensemble-building and scene rehearsals. Open to new and returning students, especially those who are interested in learning about the techniques employed by Piven’s professional-level youth ensembles.

 

Virtual Story Building for ages 9 – 13

Saturdays, 11:00am – 12:00pm (13 weeks)

September 10 – December 10 (no class Thanksgiving Week)

Join a dedicated ensemble of young storytellers and explore a unique, virtual approach to the Piven method. We use improv games to create original characters, locations, and stories, all while taking advantage of Zoom to hone on-camera technique. Students will gain skills as actors, collaborators, and creative writers. Get ready to play and let your imagination soar!

6th Grade and Up

Virtual Story Building for ages 9 – 13

Saturdays, 9:00am to 10:00am

Saturdays, 11:00am – 12:00pm (13 weeks)

September 10 – December 10 (no class Thanksgiving Week)

Join a dedicated ensemble of young storytellers and explore a unique, virtual approach to the Piven method. We use improv games to create original characters, locations, and stories, all while taking advantage of Zoom to hone on-camera technique. Students will gain skills as actors, collaborators, and creative writers. Get ready to play and let your imagination soar!

5th-6th Grade Improv and Scene
Saturdays, 10:00am to 11:30am

13 weeks

Sat, Sep 10, 2022 – Dec 10, 2022 (no class Thanksgiving Week)

$350

Students learn about improvisation and scene study in this class that explores all that the Piven Technique has to offer. The class focuses on improvisation as a tool for young actors in ensemble-building and scene rehearsals. Open to new and returning students, especially those who are interested in learning about the techniques employed by Piven’s professional-level youth ensembles.

 

Advanced Performance Ensemble – 7th-8th Grade

Saturdays, 10:00am to 11:30am

13 weeks

Sat, Sep 10, 2022 – Dec 10, 2022 (no class Thanksgiving Week)

$350

Students in grades six, seven and eight who have been recommended by their Piven instructor for this advanced program have the opportunity to build work that moves from the classroom to the Piven stage. Under the guidance of their senior instructors, students work within their ensemble over the course of twelve weeks to adapt stories into original performance pieces. This class will culminate in a performance for families and friends exploring the work students have done over the session.

 

Class Requirements

  • Admission is by invitation or resume submission.

Performance Project 

Wednesdays, 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Wed, Sep 21, 2022 – Feb 22, 2023 (No class Thanksgiving week)

No class on October 5 for Yom Kippur

$975

Performance Project is comprised of Piven’s most advanced students in 6th – 8th grade. Students in this performance troupe study with us for several years before being invited into the ensemble, so they are already well-versed in the Piven Technique and are building the skills necessary to move on to more advanced coursework at the Workshop. Performance Project company members undertake an intensive 9-month training program focused on improvisation, ensemble-building, and crafting Story Theatre adaptations of myths, folktales, fairy tales, and modern short stories. Every winter, Performance Project presents a week-long festival of world premiere adaptations for Piven students as well as the wider community.

 

Class Requirements

  • By invitation only.

High School Classes

High School Performance Lab 

Saturdays, 11:30am to 1:30pm

10 weeks

Sat, Oct 1 2022 – Dec 10, 2022 (no class Thanksgiving Week)

$400

This program is an intensive experience for actors in grades nine through twelve. High School Performance Lab explores the full Piven canon, blending improvisation, theatre games, scene study, adaptation, and directing opportunities. At the end of the program, students perform the work they’ve explored on the Piven stage for family, friends, and the wider Piven community in a special Open Workshop!

 

Class Requirements

  • This class is open to new and returning high school students, and admission is by invitation, recommendation, or resume submission.

Young People’s Company 

Saturdays, 1:30pm to 4:30pm

$995

Sep 24, 2022 – Jan 28, 2023​ 

The most advanced program Piven offers to our youth performers in high school, Young People’s Company has a long history of seeing outstanding performers and artists emerge from its folds. Young People’s Company members typically study with Piven for several years before being invited to join this elite ensemble. Company members are adept in all of the skills that Piven trains actors to value: they are dynamic, surprising performers who are sensitive to the emotional needs of the stories they share with our audiences. After an intensive training and rehearsal process, YPC’s annual week-long festival of world premiere story theatre adaptations is always a highlight of our season. The themes and stories of YPC dovetail with our professional season and help spark community-wide conversations while showcasing the talents of our young artists.

 

Class Requirements

  • By invitation only.