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Our 2019/2020 Season: RESILIENCE

It is with great pride we announce Piven Theatre Workshop’s 2019–2020 season of art, activism, and community conversation: The Resilience Season.

RESILIENCE: To recover, rebound, repair, snap back. To persevere and carry on. To compromise or resist, to adapt or overcome, to reconcile or transcend.

How do we respond, as individuals and as communities, when adversity puts us to the test? What do we do to survive trauma, be it physical, psychological or political? Where do we find the resilience to withstand defeat and disappointment, injustice and inhumanity, confusion and controversy?

The term “resilience” has become prominent in our current conversations about personal and social wounds and how to recognize and heal them, but the stories of resilience are as old as human endurance. In the 2019-20 season, Piven Theatre Workshop will explore some of those stories. We’ll investigate the courage and hope that feed resilience, as well as the transformation—of the world or just one corner of it—that resilience can bring about.

Tickets now available for DECRUIT.


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.


piven-theatre-labProduction 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