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School Residency

Bring Piven’s Acclaimed Training to Your School

Celebrating over 40 years as a nationally recognized and acclaimed theatre arts training center, Piven Theatre Workshop offers a full curriculum designed for the school classroom. Every school receives the personal attention to individually tailored programming, enriching the school day and liberating imaginations. Together, students discover the magic of presence, the mystery of timing, and the astonishment of self-expression and theatrical transformation.

"Remarkable things have been happening at the Piven Theatre workshop for more than 40 years. Great teaching happens there. Great plays originate there. Remarkable artists emerge from there...The artistic visionaries and innovative teachers at the Piven Theater Workshop have achieved disproportionate success in every area" - Rives Collins, Department of Theatre, Northwestern University

 

Example Workshops:

Beacon-logo-02 Beacon Academy, Evanston

Participants: Theatre and Drama Students
Focus: Improvisation and Story Theatre
Format: School Year Residency Curriculum
Activities: This class allows students to discover the Piven Technique and critical thinking and analytical skills through learning theatre games, improvisation, ensemble building, active listening, and responding to other peoples’ energy. Through improvisation, students begin to explore the basics of dramatic structure and essential performance and production vocabulary. Students will apply Piven’s core improvisational technique to scripted stories and scenes. This class will delve into the art of literary adaptation. Students will explore subject matter that supports Humanities curricula, such as Western Folklore, Greek Mythology, and modern literary movements. Students will create and perform stories by focusing on close readings of source material, text exploration, and cultural/historical context..

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St. Matthias Elementary School

Participants: Sixth Grade Students at St. Matthais Elementary
Focus: Improvisation and Theatre Games relating to International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.
Format: Six 45 minute classes over the course of six weeks.
Activities: Students delved into improvisation and theatre games over the six-week course, developing their skills and establishing acting values. The students applied all learned skills to a final capstone scene.

The Cove School, Northbrook

Participants: 7th-12th grade after-school class members
Focus: Improvisation and Theatre Games
Format: 8-week curriculum
Activities: Improvisational skills applicable to everyday needs: listening, confidence, risk-taking, performing instinctively and spontaneously. Building confidence in creative expression, learning to build ensemble and teamwork skills applicable to both theatre and life.

The Cove School, Northbrook

Participants: High School Communications Class
Focus: Public speaking, speech related skills, and speaking confidence
Format: 8-week curriculum
Activities: Improvisational skills applicable to everyday and special event needs: listening, clarity, confidence, risk-taking, performing instinctively and spontaneously.

Hubbard Woods Elementary, Winnetka

Focus: Theatre
Tools: Mind, Body, Voice
Participants: 2nd and 3rd Grade Classrooms
Format: 8-week curriculum
Activities: Improvisational team building exercises and theatre games focused on language, movement, communication and listening.
Illinois State Goals for the Arts: Goal 25/Know the Language of the Arts, Goal 26/Through creating a performance, understand how works of arts are produced, Goal 27

"Anything that makes a child want to go to school is a bonus. I wish I had a program like this as a girl!" - Hubbard Woods Parent

"Wonderful!" - Hubbard Woods Parent

"This was a great medium for me to discover additional strengths in students that may not have surfaced in our other work. I was surprised by many who excelled!" - Hubbard Woods Teacher

Chute Middle School, Evanston

Focus: The Holocaust (2009) The Civil rights Movement in America (2008) The Harlem Renaissance (2007, 2005)
Participants: Core Group: Entire 8th Grade/Non Core: ESL Students
Format: 4-8 week curriculum
Activities: Students created improvised and scripted work inspired by historic texts, poetry, music, photography and fiction.
Illinois State Goals for the Arts: Goal 25/Know the Language of the Arts, Goal 26/Through creating a performance, understand how works of arts are produced, Goal 27/Understand the role of the arts in civilizations past and present.

"The instructor did an excellent job encouraging sensitivity and cooperation among the students. Come back, Piven!" - Chute 8th Grade Teacher

"We’ve had Piven before at Chute and Love it! Not only are the students engaged, but also the teacher is skilled and flexible enough to adjust to changes and differences within each class!" - Chute 8th Grade Teacher

Walker Elementary School, Evanston

Focus: Poetry and Stories of Freedom
Participants: Core Group: Entire Second Grade/Non Core: Entire School K-5
Format: 6-week curriculum
Activities: Students use theatre games and improvisational techniques to explore themes of freedom, risk, and personal narrative.
Illinois State Goals for the Arts: Goal 25/Know the Language of the Arts, Goal 26/Through creating a performance, understand how works of arts are produced, Goal 27/Understand the role of the arts in civilizations past and present.

"When we were first talking about creating a new residency program for Walker School, we immediately thought of Piven Theatre Workshop. Their proven success and tremendous impact they have had on the students that have particpated in their residency programs ensured our students a great introduction to this process. We couldn't be more excited for this artistic opportunity for our children." - Debra Price, Walker School PTA Co-President and Cultural Arts Chair