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Summer Youth Classes

Summer Youth Class Schedule

Summer of 2017 will offer classes and camps from June 12th through August 11th. Grades are based on the year the student will be entering in the 2017-2018 school year.

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.

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


4th-8th Grade Camps

Full Day Theatre Sampler for 4th- 8th Grade

Join Piven for a fun and varied training experience!  Students will spend their mornings learning how signature Piven games and improvisation can be applied to bring creativity and excitement to ensemble exercises and scene work. In the afternoon, guest artists will lead workshops complementing our core curriculum, in which students have the opportunity to build skills in topics such as stage combat, puppetry, and much more! This is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of our work over a fun-filled week. We offer two sections of this class during each session: one for students entering 4th and 5th grade and another for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Early Summer:
SOLD OUT for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (spots still remain for the 4th and 5th grade section)

Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16
9:00AM - 3:00PM $375

 OR

Late Summer:
Monday, August 7  – Friday, August 11
9:00AM - 3:00PM $375

New! Build-Your Own Intensives for 4th- 8th Grade

Plan your perfect summer with Piven! These one week intensives come in two parts: morning Piven Technique classes (9am-12:30pm) and afternoon specialty workshops (1pm-3pm).
Led by our highly trained instructors, morning sessions focus on Piven's signature process-oriented training technique, which teachers our students the value of creative and improvisational thinking, the importance of effective communication skills, and the power of truth and honesty in performance. Afternoon workshops create a week of intensive focus on a specific skill set t o build well-rounded theatre artists - and have a whole lot of fun!
Morning and afternoon classes can be mixed and matched to customize your summer, or take both morning and afternoon classes together for a discounted rate! We offer two sections of this class during each session: one for students entering 4th and 5th grade and another for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

A supervised lunch break will take place from 12:30-1pm

Morning Sessions:

July 10-14: Intro to Scene
July 17-21: Improv and Story 1
July 24-28: Scene Study
July 31-August 4: Improv and Story 2

Afternoon Sessions:

July 10-14: Stage Combat
July 17-21: Puppetry
July 24-28: Comedy
July 31-August 4: Stagecraft

Morning or Afternoon Session ONLY: $225 per week.
Full Day (enrolled in morning and afternoon sessions of the same week): $375 per week
Sign up for two full-day intensives to receive a 10% tuition discount, or all four for a 15% discount!

Musical Theatre Camps

Early Summer Musical Theatre 1-Week 7th – 12th Grade

This class uses the Piven training technique to delve into the rich world of musical theatre, exploring acting and improv technique while exercising the specific skills that set musical theatre apart. Under the expert guidance of our instructors, students learn how to unite strong singing technique with authentic and compelling acting choices. Singing experience and musical knowledge required for participation in this class.

Monday, June 19-Friday June 23 | 9:30am-12:30pm | $375

Advanced Musical Theatre 3-Day Intensive for 7th – 12th Grade

Experienced young musical theatre artists spend three full days delving into the Piven Technique to learn how signature Piven theatre games and exercies heighten acting choices and enhance vocal training. Work with our expert instructors to learn exercies and strategies that elevate any future rehearsal processes or performance opportunities! Singing experience and musical knowledge required for participation in this class. Admission requires submission of resume listing previous musical and/or theatrical experience

Monday, June 26-Wednesday June 28 | 9:30am-2:30pm | $375

High School Boot Camps

High School Boot Camp 1: Improv and Theatre Games

Learn the games that form the core of the legendary Piven training method! Students are introduced to vital acting skills while building an ensemble and exploring improvisation. Students use signature Piven theatre games and improv exercies to create dynamic and fun improvised pieces within a close-knit, cohesive ensemble.

Monday, June 26-Thursday, June 29 | 3:00-6:00pm | $225

High School Boot Camp 2: Scene Study Intensive

Explore improvisation as a tool for the actor. 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.

Monday, July 10-Thursday, July 13 | 3:00-6:00pm | $225

High School Boot Camp 3: Musical Theatre

Join other teens to explore how Piven training elevates and informs acting choices, while also practicing the specific skills that set musical theatre apart. Singing and musical knowledge required for participation in this class.

Monday, July 17-Thursday, July 20 | 3:00-6:00pm | $225

High School Boot Camp 4: Monologue and Audition Intensive

How does the ensemble-based Piven Technique adapt to the art of performing solo? This workshop is the perfect opportunity for high school students hoping to develop their monologue skills and get a leg up on the next audition for school, professional theatre, and conservatory programs.

Monday, July 24-Thursday, July 27 | 3:00-6:00pm | $225

Sign up for two High School Boot Camps for a 10% tuition discount, or sign up for all four for a 15% discount! 

Is your high school student looking for an intensive summer theatre experience?  See HERE for our Advanced High School Performance Conservatory!