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Spring Youth Classes

January 30 - April 29, 2017
High School classes begin January 14th.
No Class March 27 - April 1, Spring Break

Piven classes focus first and foremost on our process-oriented training technique, which values
personal and artistic growth over a cookie-cutter final product. All youth classes work toward a culminating performance showcasing the skills students have developed over the course of the session. Depending on the level and focus of the class, this can vary from an “Open Workshop” presentation of rehearsed scenes, to an improv and theatre games demonstration, to a work-in-progress story theatre adaptation. Piven’s most advanced and committed students are invited to join our professional youth ensembles, Performance Project and Young People’s Company, which present week-long festivals of fully staged world premier adaptations.

Year Long Class Discount: At Piven we design our class schedules to allow the skills of our students to develop over the course of a full school year. Sign up for a full year of youth or high school classes (one class in the fall session and one class in the spring) at once and receive a 10% discount off both classes!

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

Tuition listed is per semester.

Introduction to Piven for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Perfect for the young student who wants to begin exploring theatre arts in a fun and supportive environment! This 8-week class allows students to stretch their creative muscles through theatre games while they begin to discover the art of storytelling and improvisation. This class provides the perfect introduction to the legendary Piven training technique!

8 weeks | Jan 31 - Mar 21 | Tuesdays | 4:30 - 5:30pm | $175
*Class ends at 6:00pm on Feb 7 so students can see Performance Project's production

4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Theatre Games and Story Theatre

Come play with us! Learn the games that form the core of the legendary Piven training method. Students are introduced to vital acting skills while learning to build an ensemble, explore improvisation, and adapt and perform stories. For new and returning students.

Thursdays | 4:30 - 6:00pm | or Saturdays 12:30 - 2:00pm | $355

4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Advanced Story Theatre and Improvisation

Building on the skills developed in Theatre Games and Story Theatre, returning advanced students take the Piven Technique even further! Students continue to develop essential acting skills - being part of an ensemble, listening, and responding to other peoples’ energy - in a challenging and supportive environment. Students explore everything from folk tales to myths to original improvised stories, while learning how to play within an ensemble of actors.

Saturdays | 12:30 - 2:00pm | $355

By recommendation only.

Improvisation and Scene Study for 6th, 7th & 8th Grade

In this scene study focused class, students use the fun and impulsive play of improvisation to create lively characters and realistic relationships. Students rehearse scenes from contemporary plays, under the expert direction of their Piven teaching artist. For new and returning students.

Saturdays | 9:00 - 10:.30am | $355

7th & 8th Grade Theatre Combo

Students learn about improvisation ensembles, story theatre, and scene study in this class that explores all that the Piven Technique has to offer. During the Fall Session, class focuses on improvisation as a tool for young actors in scene rehearsals. In the Spring Session, students have the opportunity to explore Story Theatre, Piven’s signature performance form. Overseen by artistic director Jennifer Green, this class is designed to give students an overview of the Piven Technique to prepare them for consideration for advanced classes and performance ensembles. For new and returning students.

Thursdays | 4:30 - 6:00pm | $355

Advanced 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Scene Study FALL AND SPRING

Advanced students learn how the Piven Technique can bring their scene work to the next level. By training creative impulses through signature Piven theatre games and exercises, students in this program learn to capture the spontaneity of improvisation in scripted work while developing truthful performances. Students rehearse scenes from contemporary plays, under the expert direction of their Piven teaching artist. For returning students by instructor permission or submission of resume.

Mondays | 4:30 - 6:00pm | $355

High School Workshops

Sign up for both On Camera Technique for High Schoolers and High School Shakespeare and receive a 15% discount on both!

On-Camera Technique for High Schoolers SPRING ONLY

Gain valuable experience in front of the camera! Learn how to apply the spontaneity and lively play of the Piven Technique to the world of acting and auditioning for film and television.

6 weeks | Jan 14 - Feb 18 | Saturdays | 2:00 - 5:00pm | $375

NEW DATES! High School Shakespeare Intensive SPRING ONLY

Work with a senior Piven instructor to tackle every actor’s favorite challenge: Shakespeare! Cut through the heightened language, learn the genius behind the words, and grasp at the organic emotions within these 400-hundred-year-old works—all while using Piven games and improv exercises to bring vibrant life to the Bard’s text. Students will present rehearsed Shakespearean scenes on the final day of class and walk out with a fabulous resume builder!

5 weeks | Mar 8 - April 12 | Wednesdays | 4:30 - 7:00pm | $295

High School Performance Classes

High School Improv and Storytelling Showcase

Advanced students learn how to use signature Piven theatre games and improvisation exercises to create dynamic and fun improvised pieces within a close-knit, cohesive ensemble. The program will culminate with Showcase students taking the stage alongside Performance Project and the Young People’s Company (our professional youth ensembles) to perform in our Third Annual Piven Improvisation Series as part of Piven’s 2016-2017 Season! 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.

Rehearsals: Saturdays | Feb 25 - Mar 18 | 2:00 - 4:00pm | Performances: Sundays, Mar 26 - Apr 9, 1:00pm call | $275

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

YPC Directors’ Institute

Join us for this exciting new opportunity to work with members of the Young People’s Company, Piven’s professional youth ensemble for students in grades 10-12, to workshop brand new story theatre adaptations. This directing and collaboration-focused program is an invaluable learning opportunity for any aspiring theatre artist, where students will have the chance to work side-by-side to generate and workshop new material—some of which may be further developed for the YPC 2017 show! High School Students who have enrolled in 3 out of the 5 available high school classes or completed at least one session of High School Performance Lab are eligible to participate in Directors’ Institute.

Rehearsals: Saturdays | April 22-May 27 | 2:00-5:00pm | Open Workshop: May 27, 4:00pm | $355

Pre-requisites apply.


Advanced Performance Ensemble

Students in grades seven and eight who have been recommended by their Piven instructor for this advanced program have the opportunity to build work that moves from the classroom to the Piven stage. Under the guidance of their senior instructors, students work within their ensemble over the course of twelve weeks to adapt stories into original performance pieces. This invitation-only class will culminate in a performance for families and friends exploring the work students have done over the session.

Saturdays | 10:30am - 12:30pm | $375

By Invitation Only

Final Spring Performance: Saturday, April 29 at 11:30am

High School Performance Lab

This advanced, performance-oriented program is an intensive experience for actors in grades nine through twelve. Meeting for ten weeks, this class explores the full Piven canon, blending improvisation, theatre games, scene study, adaptation, and directing opportunities within a three-hour intensive class. At the end of the program, students perform the work they’ve explored on the Piven stage for family, friends, and the wider Piven community! In the fall, this class will focus on Story Theatre: the art of adapting a literary source or folk tale into a performance piece. This class is open only to high school students and admission is by invitation only.

10 weeks | Feb 4 - April 15 | Saturdays, 10:30am - 1:30pm | $395

By Invitation Only

Final Spring Performance: Saturday, April 15 at 2:00pm

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