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Fall Adult Classes

Fall Session 1: September 19- October 29 | Fall Session 2: October 31 - December 17

No class 11/23 or 11/24 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 currently down for security updates.

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? This class allows students to discover the Piven Technique by learning theatre games & improvisation in a fun, supportive, ensemble-based environment. Taught by master teacher Tom Herman, this class is perfect for all students looking to discover & re-discover our work.

6 Weeks | Fall Session 1| Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:30PM

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 | Fall Session 1 | Thursdays, 7:00 - 10:00pm

Specialty Classes

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

Improvisation for the Stage

Based on his work with the Piven Improvisation Ensemble (PIE), instructor Tom Herman teaches students to create improvisation ensembles capable of going in and out of scenic improvisation, story theatre, and abstract forms of ensemble expression. Students also have the opportunity to form their own ensembles and develop their own performance concepts under Herman's expert guidance. This is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door of Piven's rapidly expanding improvisation programming.

6 weeks | Fall Session 2: November 8-December 13 |
Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:30PM | $225

Monologue and Audition Technique

Learn how Piven's signature improvisation style can take your monologue to the next level and rehearse and perfect your audition technique in a safe, supportive environment! Cover all of the steps of a theatrical audition process, including the ins and outs of resumes and headshots, monologue selection and rehearsal, the first round of auditions, and callbacks. Students must come to the first class with a fully memorized, contemporary monologue.

6 Weeks | Fall Session 2 | Wednesdays 7:30 –10:00PM | $225

Intensive Classes

See class descriptions for enrollment requirements.

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 Joanne Underwood 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 | Fall Session 1 | Tuesdays, 7:00 - 10:00pm | $225

Returning students or by submission of resume only

Special Projects: Staging the Play

Get the full experience of mounting a production. Work with a director who will lead students through this 10-week intensive, moving from audition, to rehearsals, to a culminating performance of the play Almost, Maine by John Cariani. Learn how the Piven Technique elevates the rehearsal process and brings unexpected discoveries to scripted work, and have your talent showcased in a final performance for the wider community!

10 Weeks | Sept. 19-November 14 | Mondays, 7:30 - 10:30pm | $355

Audition: Sept. 12, 7:30pm-10:30pm
Open Workshop Performance: Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 21 & 22, 8pm (call 6:30pm)

Must pre-register and provide payment information to audition. Payment will be processed at time of casting. Call 847-866-6597 to pre-register and reserve your audition slot.

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