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Fall Youth Classes

September 12-December 10
No Class November 20- 26, 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 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.

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 13-November 1 | 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 | 12:30-2:00pm | $355

During Spring Session this is an intermediate course

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 | 9:00-10:30 | $355

During Spring Session this is an intermediate course

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

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. For returning students by instructor permission or submission of resume.

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

High School Workshops

Sign up for both fall high school workshops and receive a 15% discount!

High School Intermediate/Advanced Scene Study Intensive

In this class students 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 | Sept 17 - Oct 22 | Saturdays | 10:00am – 12:00pm | $275

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, and conservatory programs.

6 weeks | October 29 – December 10 | Saturdays | 10:00am – 12:00pm | $275


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 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

Final Fall Performance: Saturday, December 10 at 11:30

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! In the fall, this class will focus on Story Theatre: the art of adapting a literary source or folk tale into a performance piece.

10 weeks | September 17 – November 19 | Saturdays | 10:30am – 1:30pm | $395

Final Fall Performance: Saturday, November 19th at 2:00pm

By Invitation Only

Performance Project (7th, 8th & 9th Grade)

The Performance Project is our most advanced ensemble which our seasoned 7th-9th graders are invited to join. Signing a contract of commitment, students train as an intensive ensemble that meets during both Fall and Spring sessions, and culminates in a fully-staged week of performances. Invitations are mailed mid- to late- summer.

Sept 21 - Feb 15 | Wednesdays starting at 4:30pm | $850

Performances Dates: February 6-11

By Invitation only

Young People’s Company (High School)

The most advanced class Piven offers to our youth students, the 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. The themes and stories of YPC dovetail with our professional season and help spark community-wide conversations, while showcasing the talents of our young artists. Invitations are mailed mid- to late- summer.

Sept 3 - Dec 17 | Saturdays 1:30 – 4:30PM | Additional rehearsals required | $850

Performance Dates: December 7-11

By Invitation only

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