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Fall Adult Classes

Fall Session 1: September 18 - October 28, 2017 | Fall Session 2: October 30 - December 15, 2017

No class November 20 -24, 2017 for Thanksgiving

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.

For more information on ways to register for classes, click HERE.
Online registration is available HERE.

Tuition listed is per semester.

Core Classes

Open to new and returning students.

Improvisation, Games, & Risk Taking

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

6 Weeks | Sept 19 - Oct 24 | Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:30PM

Games, Story & Scene

Exploring improv, scene study, and story theatre, this class offers a
true “taste of Piven.” Apply Piven’s core games to text and explore
the differences and similarities between scripted scenes and
ensemble-based story theatre.

6 Weeks | Sept 21 - Oct 26 | Thursdays, 7:00 - 10:00pm

Basic Piven Scene Study

Using improvisation and games to deepen characters and relationships, work with a scene partner to rehearse scenes from contemporary plays. How can actors use the impulsiveness of improvisation to create more realistic characters while still respecting the playwright’s words? Best for students who have taken Improvisation, Games, and Risk Taking or Games, Story, and Scene, but previous experience is not required.

6 Weeks | Nov 1 - Dec 13 | Wednesdays 7:30 – 10:30PM

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 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.

6 Weeks | Sept 19 - Oct 24 | Tuesdays, 7:00 - 10:00pm

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-five years ago. In this class, adult students have 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 | Nov 2 - Dec 14 | Thursdays 7:00 – 10:00PM

Performance Classes

See class descriptions for enrollment requirements.

Adult Improv and Storytelling Showcase

Take your work from the classroom to the stage! 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 Story and Sketch: Piven’s Fourth Annual Improv and storytelling series, sharing both improvised ensemble stories and rehearsed individual stories with the wider community and our professional season patrons!

Sept 18 – Oct 23 | Mondays 7:00 – 10:00PM
Performances November 3 and November 10

By Application Only: Click HERE for a PDF of the application, deadline extended to September 14.

Piven Technique for Performance

PREREQUISITE: Piven Technique for the Actor
Advanced students who have completed Piven Technique for the Actor will rehearse together for 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!

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 10:00pm
Four weeks | Oct 31 – Nov 28 (no class November 21)

For more information on ways to register for classes, click HERE, or go right to online registration HERE