Fall Youth Classes
September 16 - December 16, 2017
No Class September 30 for Yom Kippur or November 20- 26 for Thanksgiving
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 premiere 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!
3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Intro to Piven
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 | Sept 19 - November 14 (No Class October 31 for Halloween)
Tuesdays | 4:30 - 5:30pm | $175
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 | 12:30 - 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 - 10:30 | $355
During Spring Session this is an intermediate course
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
For returning students by instructor permission or submission of resume.
High School Workshops
High School Monologue and Audition Intensive
Explore adapting our ensemble-driven technique 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 their next audition for school, professional theatre, or conservatory programs.
6 weeks | November 4 – December 16 | Saturdays | 10:00am – 12:00pm | $275
High School Improv and Storytelling Showcase
Advanced students learn to use signature Piven theatre games and improvisation exercises to create improvised, ensemble-based stories. To highlight Piven’s mission to celebrate each individual’s unique voice, the Showcase program will also feature storytelling workshops with master storyteller Kevin D’Ambrosio. The program will culminate with Showcase students taking the stage alongside Performance Project and the Young People’s Company to perform in Piven’s Fourth Annual Story & Sketch Series, sharing both improvised ensemble stories and rehearsed individual stories with the wider community!
Rehearsals: Saturdays, September 16 -
October 28, 10am - 12pm | Shows: Sundays, October 29 - November 19, 1pm call | $300
Application available HERE and the deadline has been extended to September 14
Piven Performance Ensembles are reserved for our most advanced students and are by invitation only
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.
Fall Final Performance: Saturday, December 16 at 10:00 AM
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! This class is open only to high school students and admission is by invitation only.
Fall Final Performance: Saturday, December 9th at 12:30pm
Performance Project (7th, 8th & 9th Grade)
Our most advanced ensemble for 7th–9th grade performers, Performance Project members sign a contract of commitment and train as an intensive ensemble. In February of 2018, they will share their world premiere adaptations of stories meditating on the ways we affect our communities, and the ways they affect us.
I am My Neighborhood Performance Dates: February 12 - 17
Young People’s Company (High School)
The most advanced class Piven offers to our youth performers in 10th–12th grades, Young People’s Company has a long history of seeing outstanding performers and artists emerge from its folds. After an intensive training and rehearsal process, YPC’s week-long festival of world premiere story theatre adaptations is always a highlight of our season. In My Home is Far Away, YPC explores the ways we find new homes in unexpected places, and the times you can no longer return home.
My Home is Far Away Performance Dates: December 6 - 10