847-866-8049 info@piventheatre.org

Spring Youth Classes

February 5 – April 23

No classes March 29 to April 3 for Spring Break

“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-8th Grade Classes

Intro to Piven for 3rd-5th Graders

Saturdays, 9am to 10:00am

Feb 5 to April 23

$300

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!

Virtual Intro to Piven (VIRTUAL)

Saturdays 11:00am-12:00pm

February 5 to April 23

$300

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!

Advanced Performance Ensemble – 6th-8th Grade

Saturdays 9:30am-11:00am

February 5 to April 23

$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. Admission is by invitation or resume submission.

6th-8th Improv and Scene

Saturdays 9:30am-11:00am

February 5 to April 23

$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.

High School Classes

High School Performance Lab

February 5 – April 23

Saturdays 11:30am-1:30pm

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