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Winter Youth Classes

Winter 2019 Classes

January 28-April 27

No class March 25-March 30 for Spring Break

Class Spotlight

NEW PROGRAM for 7th-9th graders! Empowering Girls’ Voices: Exploring Song with Susan Payne-O’Brien 

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Join us for a class where we encourage girls to sing loud and proud! Master Piven teacher and accomplished opera director Susan Payne-O’Brien will coach girl-identifying students to share their voices confidently while exploring signature Piven performance tools: theatre games, improvisation, and story theatre. Class will culminate with a never-before-seen devised musical theatre piece created by the ensemble.

Mondays •4:30-6:00pm $455

NEW PROGRAM! High School Solo Performance and Writing Workshop

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“What are the stories we hold in our bodies? Why must we tell them now?” During this month-long course, artist and activist Kira Silverstein will invite students to answer these questions through writing and solo performance. Students will strengthen their individual artistic voices as they shape their personal stories into performance pieces. Through writing exercises and improvisation training, this workshop will empower students to tell both personal and external stories in a special Open Workshop performance for family, friends, and the wider community.

Wednesdays • 4:30-7:30pm • 4 weeks only, February 27-March 20. Special Open Workshop Performance at 7:30pm on March 20.

$275

3rd-8th 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 • 4:30-5:30pm $265

4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Advanced Story Theatre and Improvisation

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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.

For returning students only. By instructor recommendation.

Saturdays • 12:30-2:00pm $355

NEW PROGRAM for 7th-9th graders! Empowering Girls’ Voices: Exploring Song with Susan Payne-O’Brien 

Quick Look

Join us for a class where we encourage girls to sing loud and proud! Master Piven teacher and accomplished opera director Susan Payne-O’Brien will coach girl-identifying students to share their voices confidently while exploring signature Piven performance tools: theatre games, improvisation, and story theatre. Class will culminate with a never-before-seen devised musical theatre piece created by the ensemble.

Mondays •4:30-6:00pm $455

Improvisation and Scene Study for 6th, 7th & 8th Grade

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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 $355

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Improv, Story, and Scene

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Students learn about improvisation ensembles, story theatre, and scene study in this class that explores all that the Piven Technique has to offer. Students will practice using improvisation as a tool in scene rehearsals. They will also apply their knowledge of theatre games to Story Theatre, Piven’s signature performance form. Open to 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/ $355

“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

NEW PROGRAM for 7th-9th graders! Empowering Girls’ Voices: Exploring Song with Susan Payne-O’Brien 

Quick Look

Join us for a class where we encourage girls to sing loud and proud! Master Piven teacher and accomplished opera director Susan Payne-O’Brien will coach girl-identifying students to share their voices confidently while exploring signature Piven performance tools: theatre games, improvisation, and story theatre. Class will culminate with a never-before-seen devised musical theatre piece created by the ensemble.

Mondays •4:30-6:00pm $455

On-Camera Technique for High Schoolers

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Gain valuable experience in front of the camera! Learn how to apply the spontaneity and lively play of the Piven Technique to the world of acting and auditioning for film and television.

Saturdays • 2:00-5:00pm • 6 weeks only, March 16-April 27 $325

NEW PROGRAM! High School Solo Performance and Writing Workshop

Quick Look

“What are the stories we hold in our bodies? Why must we tell them now?” During this month-long course, artist and activist Kira Silverstein will invite students to answer these questions through writing and solo performance. Students will strengthen their individual artistic voices as they shape their personal stories into performance pieces. Through writing exercises and improvisation training, this workshop will empower students to tell both personal and external stories in a special Open Workshop performance for family, friends, and the wider community.

Wednesdays • 4:30-7:30pm • 4 weeks only, February 27-March 20. Special Open Workshop Performance at 7:30pm on March 20.

$275

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)

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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 11-February 16

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 only.

Saturdays • 9am – 11am
Spring Final Performance: Saturday, April 27 at 10am $375

High School Performance Lab

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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.

Spring: Saturdays • 10:30am – 1:30pm 10 weeks only, February 2 – April 13

Spring Final Performance: Saturday, April 13th at 2:00pm $395