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Spring Adult Classes

Spring Session 1: February 6 - March 17 | Spring Session 2: April 3 - May 12

Our adult programming includes classes for students of all skill and experience levels, from those looking to explore a new creative outlet to the seasoned performer eager to be challenged by Piven's legendary training technique. Each of our adult classes is designed to be taken multiple times.

Online registration is open and available here. For more information on ways to register for classes, including scholarship information, payment plan information, and non-credit card payment methods, please click here, or call the Piven office at 847 866 6597.

Tuition listed is per semester.

Core Classes

Open to new or returning students.

Improvisation, Games, & Risk Taking

Want to know what Piven is all about? This class allows students to discover the Piven Technique by learning theatre games & improvisation in a fun, supportive, ensemble-based environment. This class is perfect for all students looking to discover & re-discover our work.

6 Weeks | Spring Session 1 | Tuesdays | 7:00 - 10:00PM

Games, Story & Scene

Learn Piven’s core improvisational technique and apply it to scripted stories & scenes. Each session of the class is centered on a different theme. Past themes have included stories of the sea, family relationships, and magical realism. Under the expert instruction of a senior teacher, students will create and perform stories by focusing on text exploration, subtext, dialogue and narration.

6 Weeks | Spring Session 1 | Thursdays | 7:00-10:00pm |

Basic Piven Scene Study

In this class, students prepare and rehearse scenes from contemporary plays, utilizing improvisation and games to deepen characters and relationships. Students explore how Piven uses the impulsiveness of improvisation during the rehearsal process while being restrained by and respectful of a script. Best for students who have taken Improvisation, Games, and Risk Taking or Games, Story, and Scene, but previous experience is not required.

6 Weeks | Spring Session 1 | Wednesdays | 7:30 – 10:30PM |
NEW DATES! February 15 - 22

Previous experience recommended but not required

Specialty Classes

For our specialty classes, previous experience is recommended but not required.

Building Ensemble and the Art of Adaptation

Piven Theatre Workshop has been devising new literary adaptations since our inception over forty years ago. In this class, we will give our adult students the opportunity to experience the creative energy of an ensemble-driven, text-based devising process. Through six weeks of group improvisation exercises and text exploration, students will adapt and perform stories together.

6 Weeks | Spring Session 2 | Thursdays | 7:00-10:00pm | $225

On-Camera Technique: Auditioning for Film and Television

Practice your audition technique and learn the skills that set on-camera work apart from the theatrical auditioning process. Students will prepare to audition for everything from one-liners to series regular to feature film auditions. Students will learn exercises to become comfortable in front of the camera and work with scenes pulled from a variety of films and shows shot in the Chicagoland area.

6 Weeks | Spring Session 2 | Wednesdays | 7:30-10:00pm | $225

Intensive Classes

Adult Improv Showcase

Take your work from the classroom to the stage! Working with a senior Piven instructor, students learn how the signature improvisation exercises and theatre games Piven has used to train generations of actors function in performance to create dynamic improvised pieces! Students have the opportunity to form their own ensembles and develop their own performance concepts under the instructor’s expert guidance. To highlight our season-long focus on sharing the voices and stories of our community, this year’s Showcase program will also feature a storytelling component taught by master storyteller Kevin D’Ambrosio. The program culminates with students taking the stage to perform in our Second Annual Piven Improvisation Series as part of Piven’s 2016-2017 Season!

4 weeks | February 27-March 20 | Mondays | 7:00-10:00pm | $250

By Application Only: To apply for this special program, fill out this Application, and return to Piven by February 3 with your headshot and resume

At least two performance guaranteed during the run: Fridays-Sundays March 23-April 15

Piven Technique for the Actor

Building on the skills developed in our other adult programs, students use Piven improvisation and games to unlock spontaneity and take scene work to the next level. This advanced class is taught by senior teacher Robin Chaplik and is intended for students with acting experience. Each session has a different focus, such as material from a specific playwright or a particular skill for the actor, like character development or text work.

6 Weeks | Spring Session 1 | Tuesdays | 7:00-10:00pm | $225
NEW DATES! February 14 - 21

For returning students or by resume Only

Piven Technique for Performance

Led by senior teacher Robin Chaplik, advanced students who have completed Piven Technique for the Actor will rehearse together for four weeks to workshop a staged performance for the Piven community as part of our Lab@Piven. Depending on the level of participation, and the composition of those participating, this could be a series of performed scenes, staged readings, story ensembles, personal stories, or a full play. It is bound to be an exciting event for our community & students!

4 Weeks | Apr 4 - Apr 25 | Tuesdays | 7:00-10:00pm | $150

For more information on ways to register for classes, click HERE. Online registration is currently down for security updates.