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Fall Youth Classes

Fall 2019 Classes

September 16-December 14

No class 10/8 or 10/9 for Yom Kippur for semester-long classes

No class November 27-30 for Thanksgiving

“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-6th Grade Classes

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Intro to Piven

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Perfect for the young student who wants to begin exploring theatre arts in a fun and 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!

Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Fall (Sept 17 to Dec 10): $275
Winter (Jan 28 to April 14): $275
Full-year discounted tuition: $450

 

 

 

3rd and 4th Grade Intro to Piven
SATURDAY Short Course

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Perfect for the young student who wants to begin exploring theatre arts in a fun and 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!

Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Back-to-back 6-week sessions September 21st to October 26th OR November 2nd to December 14th

$150 per 6-week session OR $275 for all 12 weeks

 

4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Theatre Games and Story Theatre

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Come play with us! Students learn vital acting skills while learning to build ensemble, explore improvisation, and adapt and perform stories. Open to new and returning students who wish to unlock their creative impulses and find new ways to share their voices.

Saturdays • 12:00 – 1:30pm

Fall Only $350

Winter Only $350

Full Year: $575

4th-6th Grade Advanced Theatre Games & Story Theatre

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Building on the skills developed in Theatre Games and Story Theatre, returning advanced students take the Piven method to the next level. Students develop essential acting skills—being part of an ensemble, listening, and responding to other people’s energy—in a challenging and supportive environment. Students explore everything from folk tales and myths to original improvised stories while learning how to work within an ensemble of actors. By instructor recommendation or resume submission.

Saturdays • 12:30 – 2:00pm

Fall Only $350

Winter Only $350

Full Year: $575

6th – 8th Grade Classes

6th – 8th Grade Improv,  Story, and Scene 

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In this scene study focused class, students use the fun and impulsive play of improvisation to create lively characters and realistic relationships. Students rehearse scenes from contemporary plays under the expert direction of their Piven teaching artist. Open to new and returning students, and perfect for those who wish to learn how Piven’s training can heighten their performances in school, community, and professional plays.

Saturdays • 9:00-10:30am

Fall Only $350

Winter Only $350

Full Year: $575

6th – 8th Grade ImprovIsation & Scene STUDY 

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6th- 8th Grade Improv, Story, and Scene Students learn about improvisation ensembles, story theatre, and scene study in this class that explores all that the Piven Technique has to offer. During the Fall Session, class focuses on improvisation as a tool for young actors in scene rehearsals. In the Spring Session, students have the opportunity to explore Story Theatre, Piven’s signature performance form. Open to 3 new and returning students, especially those who are interested in learning about the techniques employed by Piven’s professional-level youth ensembles.

Tuesdays • 4:30 – 6:00pm

Fall Only $350

Winter Only $350

Full Year: $575

 

Advanced Performance Ensemble

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Students in grades 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 invitation-only class will culminate in a performance for families and friends exploring the work students have done over the session. Admission is by invitation or resume submission only.

Saturdays • 9:00am – 11:00pm

Fall Final Performance: Saturday, December 14 at 10:00am $375

Spring Final Performance: Saturday, April 18 at 10:00am $375

Performance Project (7th, 8th & 9th Grade)

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Performance Project is comprised of Piven’s most advanced students in 7th – 9th 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. By invitation only.

Performances February 10-February 15

High School Classes

High School Scene Study

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High School Scene Study Explore improvisation as a tool for the actor! This is a great class for high school students new to Piven and for experienced actors who want to expand their improv skills. Students use games to build ensemble and explore improvisation, while also learning to apply the Piven Technique to scene work to bring spontaneity, deeper relationships, and realistic characterization to scenes from contemporary plays.

Mondays, 5:00 – 6:30 PM

September 30 to December 9, Fall Only: $300

February 4 to April 7, Winter Only: $300

Full Year: $475

College Prep and Audition Technique with Lynn Baber

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College Prep and Audition Technique with Lynn Baber Parents and students know that applying to college theatre programs is an intense process. It is essential to receive proper guidance and training as you assemble your application. Casting director, educator, and college counselor Lynn Baber is here to help! Join Piven Theatre Workshop to learn how to select the right monologues for you, gain valuable audition technique instruction, and learn about the research that goes into finding the program that will be right for you! This class is for students, but parents are strongly encouraged to attend the sessions as well.

Tuesdays • 6:30 – 8:00 PM • 6 weeks only

September 24 – October 29

$295

 

High School Performance Lab

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High School Performance Lab This advanced, performance-oriented program is an intensive experience for actors in grades nine through twelve. Meeting for ten weeks, this class explores the full Piven canon, blending improvisation, theatre games, scene study, adaptation, and directing opportunities within a three-hour intensive class. 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! This class is open only to high school students and admission is by invitation or resume submission only.

Saturdays • 10:30am – 1:30pm 10 weeks only

Fall: October 5 – December 14, Final Performance: Saturday, December 14th at 12:30pm $400

Spring: February 1 – April 4, Final Performance: Saturday, April 4th at 2:00pm $400

Young People’s Company
(High School)

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The most advanced program Piven offers to our youth performers in 10th–12th grades, 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. By invitation only.

Performances December 11-15

Youth Performance Ensembles

While no actor is ever “done” with training, our performance classes invite students who have exhibited an excellent understanding of the Piven Technique to create works that move from the classroom to the Piven stage. These classes are something that our students aspire to, and often take several years to attain. Invitations to performance ensembles are mailed throughout the summer session.

Performance Project (7th, 8th & 9th Grade)

Quick Look

Performance Project is comprised of Piven’s most advanced students in 7th – 9th 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.

By invitation only

Advanced Performance Ensemble

Quick Look

Students in grades 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 invitation-only class will culminate in a performance for families and friends exploring the work students have done over the session. Admission is by invitation only.

Saturdays • 9am – 11am

High School Performance Lab

Quick Look

This advanced, performance-oriented program is an intensive experience for actors in grades nine through twelve. Meeting for ten weeks, this class explores the full Piven canon, blending improvisation, theatre games, scene study, adaptation, and directing opportunities within a three-hour intensive class. 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! This class is open only to high school students and admission is by invitation only.

Young People’s Company (High School)

Quick Look

The most advanced program Piven offers to our youth performers in 10th–12th grades, 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.

By invitation only