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Youth Summer Camps

Summer 1-Week Theatre Samplers 4th & 5th graders or 6th, 7th, & 8th graders

Join Piven for a fun and intensive training experience!  Students spend their mornings learning how signature Piven games & improvisation can be applied to bring creativity and excitement to ensemble exercises and scene work. In the afternoon, guest artists lead workshops complementing our core curriculum in topics such as stage combat, puppetry, and much more!  This is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of our work over a fun-filled week.  We offer two sections of this class during each session: one for students entering 4th and 5th grade and another for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

Early Summer Sampler:

Monday, June 11-Friday, June 16



Late Summer Sampler:

Monday, August 6-Friday, August 10



Flexible Week-Long Theatre Intensives for 4th-8th Grade

Plan your perfect summer with Piven’s flexible Theatre Intensives! Morning workshops with Piven’s highly trained instructors teach students our core theatre training technique, which focuses on the value of creative and improvisational thinking, the importance of effective communication skills, and the power of truth and honesty in performance. Afternoon workshops for each session of the Intensives will spend the full week focusing on a specific skill set.

Students may choose to enroll in just the core technique morning workshops, just the afternoon special skills workshop, or sign up for both for a full week of fun and learning at a Piven youth summer theatre camp.

Morning Workshops (Two sections, one for 4th & 5th grade and one for 6th-8th grade)



Afternoon Workshops (combined section of 4th-8th grade students)



Or sign up for the full day experience:



Theatre Intensive Schedule:

July 9-July 13

Morning Core Technique Focus: Improvisation and Theatre Games

Afternoon Special Skills Workshop: Stage Combat.
En garde! Work with Chicago theatre professionals to learn the basics of stage combat in a fun, challenging, and SAFE environment.

July 16-July 20

Morning Core Technique Focus: Basic Piven Scene Study

Afternoon Special Skills Workshop: Puppetry and Spectacle Theatre
Puppetry is all the rage in theatre right now, with puppet performances, festivals, and workshops springing up all over chicago! Join us to learn about puppet-building and the art of puppeteering.

July 23-July 27

Morning Core Technique Focus: Improvisation, Adaptation, and Story Theatre

Afternoon Special Skills Workshop: Comedy
Join us for a week of belly laughs! See how theatre games and improv exercises can jump from an actor’s training tool to a hilarious art form in its own right.

July 30-August 3

Morning Core Technique Focus: Scene Study

Afternoon Special Skills Workshop: Stagecraft
Do you love acting, but also want to learn about what goes on behind the scenes in theatre? Then this is the one-week camp for you!  Work with professional designers to learn about costumes, scenery, props, and more!

Sign up for two Theatre Intensives to receive a 10% Discount on tuition, or spend your summer at Piven and sign up for all four to receive a 15% Discount on the full tuition!

High School Bootcamps

Over four days of in-depth training, high school students focus on improving specific skills while also developing vital acting values.

High School Boot Camp 1: Improv and Theatre Games

Learn the games that form the core of the legendary Piven training method! Students are introduced to vital acting skills while learning to build an ensemble and explore improvisation. Students use signature Piven theatre games and improvisation exercises to create dynamic and fun improvised pieces within a close-knit, cohesive ensemble.

Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28 | 3:00pm-6:00pm | $245

High School Boot Camp 2: Scene Study

In this class students explore improvisation as a tool for the actor. 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.

Monday, July 9 – Thursday, July 12 | 3:00pm-6:00pm | $245

High School Boot Camp 3: Monologue & Audition Intensive

Explore adapting our ensemble-driven technique to the art of performing solo. This workshop is the perfect opportunity for high school students hoping to develop their monologue skills and get a leg up on their next audition for school, professional theatre, and conservatory programs.

Monday, July 16 – Thursday, July 19 | 3:00pm-6:00pm | $245

High School Boot Camp 4: On-Camera Technique

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.

Monday, July 23 – Thursday, July 26 | 3:00pm-6:00pm | $245

High School Boot Camp 5: Playwrighting and Performance

Do you love creative writing? Do you love performing? If so, this class let’s you do it all! Led by Chicago playwright and acting teacher Scott Shallenbarger, students will write original material for the stage and develop it through playwrighting techniques and improvisation. Then, in the second-half off the class, students will be coached as actors to lift the material into performance-ready pieces. This is the perfect seminar for young theatre-makers to discover, explore, and fully express their artistic voices. The class will conclude with an open workshop, allowing audience members to experience the inspired creations.

**Extended Session** | Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3 | 3:00pm-6:00pm | Final “Open Workshop” Performance Friday, August 3 at 5:00pm | $275

Sign up for two High School Bootcamps to receive a 10% Discount on tuition, or build-your-own summer training program and sign up for all five to receive a 15% Discount on the full tuition!

Musical Theatre

Early Summer Musical Theatre 1-Week for 7th-12th Grade

Explore the rich world of musical theatre and experience Piven’s acting and improv technique while exercising the specific skill sets that set musical theatre apart. Students learn how to unite strong singing technique with authentic and compelling acting choices under the expert guidance of our instructors. Singing experience and musical knowledge required for participation in this class.

Monday, June 18-Friday, June 22 | 9:30AM-12:30PM | $395

Advanced Musical Theatre 3-Day Intensive for 7th-12th Grade

Experienced young musical theatre artists spend three full days delving into the Piven Technique to learn how signature Piven theatre games and exercises heighten acting choices and enhance vocal training. Work with our expert instructors to learn exercises and strategies that heighten any future rehearsal processes or performance opportunities! Singing experience and musical knowledge required for participation in this class. Admission by submission of resume listing previous musical and/or theatrical experience.

Monday, June 25-Wednesday, June 27 | 9:30AM-2:30PM | $395

Musical Theatre for Performance for 8th-12th Grade

In this performance-focused class, students will work with master teacher Christie Chiles Twillie to rehearse and stage selected scenes from the musical theatre cannon. Perfect for students who have had a taste of our process-focused training in earlier summer camps, those who would benefit from a supportive and encouraging performance experience, and students who would like to improve their musical theatre auditioning skills.  Singing experience and musical knowledge required.

Two weeks! | August 6-August 17 | Mondays-Fridays | 3:00PM-6:00PM | $750

Advanced High School Performance Conservatory

Over the last 45 years, Piven Theatre Workshop has become a nationally-recognized leader in theatre training. Join us for our most advanced pre-college training program for young actors and explore the full Piven canon while preparing for a culminating performance integrating staged contemporary scenes, literary adaptation, and improvisation.

More information is available HERE, and applications are already being accepted!

Early Decision Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

Mondays-Fridays, 9:30AM-3:00PM | July 9-August 3 | Final Performance: Friday, August 4, 7:00PM | $1500