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The Workshop’s theatre grew naturally out of its acclaimed actors’ training center, where skilled actors, directors, and designers of all ages could continue their development as professional artists. As with our renowned theatre training center, productions at Piven are grounded in the traditions of story theatre and have a strong emphasis on ensemble artmaking and community dialogue.

Production Lab

Dedicated to nurturing emerging artists and new works, the Lab @ Piven was created out of the Piven Theatre Workshop training center and its professional theatre to provide mentorship opportunities to theatre artists. The Lab @ Piven offers emerging artists a valuable forum in which to develop and share their work in a more informal workshop setting. Beginning with its acclaimed youth ensembles, Performance Project and Young People’s Company, the Lab@ Piven has expanded to include multi-artist performance salons, staged readings, and new works festivals.

“Piven training is about confidence, humility and belief … About new shivers of understanding about the human condition.  About feeling free to enact transformations of reality over and over again, like waves, until you are left with something infinitely more real than you started with.”

Sarah Ruhl

Alum / Playwright

“The Pivens challenge us by calling us to a higher idea of the theatre and of ourselves … Long may they thrive.”

Bernard Sahlins

Co-Founder, Second City