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Spring Youth Classes

Spring 2019 Classes

April 3 – May 25

3rd-8th Grade Classes

Improvisation!

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

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Spend your Saturday mornings playing at Piven! Students in this fast-paced class will learn fundamentals of improvisation while having loads of fun.

Saturdays • 9:00-10:00am

$125

April 20-May 25

New Location: WINNETKA COMMUNITY HOUSE

Improvisation and Scene Study

6th-8th graders

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Discover why the Chicago Tribune calls Piven Theatre Workshop “one of this area’s most distinguished actor training centers!” In this fun-filled scene study class, middle school students work with their ensemble to create lively characters and realistic relationships on stage. Students apply improvisation techniques to scenes from contemporary plays under the expert direction of a Piven teaching artist. Open to experienced and beginning students, and perfect for those who wish to use Piven’s training to heighten their performances in school, community, and professional plays.

Wednesdays • 4:00-5:30pm

$295

April 3 – May 8

Acting for the Young Professional

6th – 12th graders

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Do you dream of taking your acting skills to the professional stage? Are you interested in auditioning for film and television work? This class with legendary casting director Lynn Baber will prepare you for the next stage of your career. Weekly modules will cover monologue prep, mock auditions, camera etiquette, and more. Bring your best self to the audition room with the help of Lynn, who has coached actors like Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges. Be prepared to shine.

Mondays • 4:30-6:00pm

$195

April 15-May 20

Musical Theatre Audition Master Class

6th-12th graders

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Polish off your audition piece with Master Teacher Christie Chiles Twillie. Christie brings years of professional experience as a Music Director and Composer to the classroom. Students will leave the class prepared for their next audition, and they’ll have fun in the process!

Students must supply sheet music for their song and be familiar with their piece.

Saturdays • 12:00-2:00pm

$160

May 4 – May 25

Comedy for Performance

7th – 12th graders

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Your friends shouldn’t be the only ones who get to laugh at your jokes! Sharpen your pencils and get ready to write original sketch comedy pieces under the guidance of Second City alum Robert Hines III.

Saturdays •2:00-4:00pm

$160

May 4 – May 25

“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

High School Classes

Musical Theatre Audition Master Class

7th-12th graders

Quick Look

Polish off your audition piece with Master Teacher Christie Chiles Twillie. Christie brings years of professional experience as a Music Director and Composer to the classroom. Students will leave the class prepared for their next audition, and they’ll have fun in the process!

Students must supply sheet music for their song and be familiar with their piece.

Saturdays • 12:00-2:00pm

$160

May 4 – May 25

Comedy for Performance

7th – 12th graders

Quick Look

Your friends shouldn’t be the only ones who get to laugh at your jokes! Sharpen your pencils and get ready to write original sketch comedy pieces under the guidance of Second City alum Robert Hines III.

Saturdays • 2:00-4:00pm

$160

May 4 – May 25

Acting for the Young Professional

6th – 12th graders

Quick Look

Do you dream of taking your acting skills to the professional stage? Are you interested in auditioning for film and television work? This class with legendary casting director Lynn Baber will prepare you for the next stage of your career. Weekly modules will cover monologue prep, mock auditions, camera etiquette, and more. Bring your best self to the audition room with the help of Lynn, who has coached actors like Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges. Be prepared to shine.

Mondays • 4:30-6:00pm 

$195

April 15-May 20

YPC Directors’ Institute

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Join us for this exciting opportunity to work with members of the Young People’s Company, Piven’s professional youth ensemble for students in grades 10-12, to workshop brand new story theatre adaptations. This directing and collaborating-focused program is an invaluable learning opportunity for any aspiring theatre artist, where students will have the chance to work side-by-side to generate and workshop new material—some of which may be further developed for the YPC 2019 show! High school students who have enrolled in 3 out of the 5 available high school classes or completed at least one session of High School Performance Lab are eligible to participate in Directors’ Institute.

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 2:00-5:00pm

$355

April 20-May 25, Open Workshop: May 25, 5:00pm