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Summer Adult Classes

June 19 - August 2, 2017, with no classes July 3-5

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.

Online registration is open and available HERE.

For more information on ways to register for classes, including scholarship information, payment plan information, and non-credit card payment methods, please click HERE, or call the Piven office at 847 866 6597.

Tuition listed is per semester.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to view the full current Summer Brochure for Youths and Adults!

Improv, Games, and Risk Taking (Basic Piven)

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. This class is perfect for all students looking to discover & re-discover their impulsive creativity through our work.

New day of the week: Mondays 7:00-9:30pm

Games, Story & Scene

Students will learn Piven’s core improvisational technique and apply it to scripted stories & scenes. Each session of this class is centered on a different theme. Past themes have included stories of the sea, family relationships and magical realism. With instruction from one of our senior teachers, students will create and perform stories by focusing on text exploration, subtext, dialogue and narration.

Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm

Basic Piven Scene Study (Basic/intermediate Piven)

Students will prepare and rehearse scenes from contemporary plays using Piven improvisation and games to deepen characters and relationships. A senior Piven instructor explores how the impulsiveness of improvisation is used during the rehearsal process while being restrained by and respectful of a script. Best for students who have taken Improvisation, Games, and Risk Taking or Games, Story, and Scene, but previous experience not required.

Wednesdays 7:30 – 10:30PM

Piven Technique for the Actor

Building on the skills developed in our other adult programs, in this advanced class students will use Piven improvisation and games to unlock spontaneity and take scene work to the next level. This class is taught by a senior teacher and intended for students with acting experience. Each session will focus on a particular skill for the actor such as like character development, text work, or material from a particular play or playwright.

New Dates: June 27 - August 8 (No class July 4th)

Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00pm | $225

By Recommendation or Resume Only

Openings and Opening Up: The Art of Authenticity

A Workshop for Writers

Looking to improve your writing skills? Seeking the same kind of emotional honesty in your writing as you are in your acting? We're teaming up with Story Studio Chicago and Girl Meets Voice to present a special one-night-only workshop for writers on August 8th! Learn more on our event page HERE or call our office with any questions.

For more information on ways to register for classes, click HERE.