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Spring Youth Classes

February 5 - May 5, 2018
High School classes begin January 13, 2018. No class March 26 - April 1, 2018 for 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.

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!

Online registration is open and available HERE. When registering online, be sure to not only choose your desired classes, but also to assign the correct student to each class - this will make sure it comes through to our database correctly! For more information on ways to register for classes, click HERE.

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 30 - Mar 20 | Tuesdays | 4:30 - 5:30pm | $175
*Class ends at 6:00pm on Feb 13 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, 12:00 - 1:30pm | $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.
Exploring everything from folk tales to myths to original improvised stories, students will continue to develop essential ensemble acting skills while crafting their own story theatre performances.

Saturdays | 12:00 - 1:30pm | $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

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.

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

By recommendation or submission of resume.

High School Workshops

On-Camera Technique for High Schoolers

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.

4 weeks | Jan 13 - Feb 3 | Saturdays | 2:00 - 5:00pm | $275

High School Scene Study Intensive

Explore improvisation as a tool for the actor. This is a great class for high school students new to Piven and for experienced actors who want to expand their improv skills. Students use games to build ensemble and explore improvisation, while also learning to apply the Piven Technique to scene work to bring spontaneity, deeper relationships, and realistic characterization to scenes from contemporary plays.

6 weeks | Feb 10 - March 17 | Saturdays | 10:00am - 12:00pm | $275

High School Shakespeare

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 | Feb 28 - April 11 | Wednesdays | 4:30 - 7:00pm | $295

High School Specialty Classes

The Directors’ Institute

Join us for this exciting opportunity to work with members of the Young People’s Company! Brush up on your story theatre skills as members of Young People’s Company direct brand new adaptations
in this collaboration-focused program. 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 2018 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 The Directors’ Institute.

Rehearsals: April 14 - May 11 | Saturdays | 2:00 - 5:00pm | Open Workshop: May 27, 4:00pm | $355

Pre-requisites apply.

Performance Ensembles

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 class culminates in a performance for families and friends exploring the work students have done over the session.

Final Spring Performance: Saturday, May 5 at 10:00am

By Invitation Only

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!

Final Spring Performance: Saturday, April 21 at 2:00pm

By Invitation Only

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