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Improvisation, Games & Risk Taking

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Are you interested in getting into a theater class, shaking off the dust, and activating your creativity?  This class allows students to discover the Piven Technique by learning theatre games and improvisation in a fun, supportive, ensemble-based environment. Perfect for all students looking to discover and re-discover our work!

Tuesday Nov 5th, 7pm - 9pm

  (6 sessions)
$175

6 sessions

Basic Piven Scene Study

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

In this class, students prepare and rehearse scenes from contemporary plays and utilize improvisation and games to deepen characters and relationships.  Students explore how Piven uses the impulsiveness of improvisation during the rehearsal process, while being restrained by and respectful of a script. Best for students who have taken Improvisation,...

Tuesday Nov 5th, 7pm - 10pm

  (6 sessions)
$225

6 sessions

Monologue and Audition Technique

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Learn how Piven’s signature improvisation style can take your monologue to the next level and rehearse and perfect your audition technique in a supportive environment! Cover all of the steps of a theatrical audition process, including the ins and outs of resumes and headshots, monologue selection and rehearsal, the first round of auditions, and...

Tuesday Nov 5th, 7pm - 10pm

  (6 sessions)
$225

6 sessions

Scene Study Performance Class

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Apply your Piven training to advanced-level scene work. The Scene Study Extension provides advanced and returning students with the opportunity to polish scene work for performance. Led by an expert instructor, students will work in pairs to build the world of their scene and then present their final performances to the community in an Open Workshop...

Wednesday Nov 6th, 7pm - 10pm

  (6 sessions)
$225

6 sessions

Story Theatre and the Art of Adaptation

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Piven Theatre Workshop has been devising new literary adaptations since our inception over forty years ago. In this class, we will give our adult students the opportunity to experience the creative energy of an ensemble-driven, text-based devising process. Through six weeks of group improvisation exercises and text exploration, students will adapt...

Thursday Nov 7th, 7pm - 10pm

  (6 sessions)
$225

6 sessions

Games, Story & Scene

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Learn Piven’s core improvisational technique and apply it to scripted stories & scenes. Each session of the class is centered on a different theme. Past themes have included stories of the sea, family relationships, and magical realism.  Under the expert instruction of a senior teacher, students will create and perform stories...

Tuesday Feb 11th, 7pm - 10pm

  (6 sessions)
$225

6 sessions

Special Topic: Scene Study Intensive

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Building on the skills developed in our other adult programs, in this advanced class students use Piven improvisation and games to unlock spontaneity and take scene work to the next level. This class is taught by senior teacher Joanne Underwood and intended for students with acting experience. Each session has a different focus, be it a particular...

Wednesday Feb 12th, 7pm - 10pm

  (6 sessions)
$225

6 sessions

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Playback Theatre Technique

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Playback Theatre invites individuals to tell their story in order to have it reflected back to them, amplified, and performed by an ensemble. Layering it on top of the fluidity of play taught at Piven makes for a potent mix of empathy and play. 

No Upcoming Schedules
$225

6 sessions

Shakespeare Intensive

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Join master Viewpoints Technique teacher and award-winning adaptor and director Robin Chaplik to explore every actor’s favorite challenge: Shakespeare! Using Viewpoints Technique and signature Piven games and exercises, students learn to connect with the organic emotions within these classic texts while becoming comfortable with Shakespeare’s heightened...

No Upcoming Schedules
$225

6 sessions

Piven Technique for Performance

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

PREREQUISITE: Piven Technique for the Actor Advanced students who have completed Piven Technique for the Actor will rehearse together for to workshop a staged performance for the Piven community as part of our [email protected] Depending on the level of participation, and the composition of those participating, this could be a series of performed scenes,...

No Upcoming Schedules
$245

6 sessions

On-Camera Technique: Auditioning for Film and TV

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Practice your audition technique and learn the skills that set on-camera work apart from the theatrical auditioning process. Instructor Ryan Kitley will prepare students to audtiion for everything from one-liners to series regular to feature film auditions. Students will learn exercises to become comfortable in front of the camera and work with scenes...

No Upcoming Schedules
$245

6 sessions

Finding Your Forte: Singing and Performance

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Drawing on her experiences as co-founder of Forte, Chicago’s premier company focusing on opera, improv, and sketch comedy, master instructor Susan Payne-O’Brien brings her approach to singing and performance home to Piven! Unleash your potential by learning how the Piven Technique’s improvisatory methods can counter the self-concern that is so...

No Upcoming Schedules
$295

6 sessions

Building Ensemble and the Art of Adaptation

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Piven Theatre Workshop has been devising new literary adaptations since our inception over forty years ago. In this class, we will give our adult students the opportunity to experience the creative energy of an ensemble-driven, text-based devising process. Through six weeks of group improvisation exercises and text exploration, students will adapt...

No Upcoming Schedules
$225

6 sessions

Special Topics: Movement For The Actor

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Using techniques from numerous practitioners, in this specialty class students will add new tools to their “acting toolkit” by exploring movement-driven character development. Complementing our core Piven curriculum, the class will focus on understanding how an actor’s physicality communicates onstage, applying movement-based approaches to text...

No Upcoming Schedules
$245

7 sessions

Perform Your Story: Personal Narrative & Story Theatre

at Piven Theatre Workshop - Evanston 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, Illinois 60201

Want to see how stories from your life can play out onstage? This is the class for you! Master Piven instructor Susan Applebaum draws on her experiences creating 2017’s Wise Women and Witches for the [email protected] series to share her unique process of adapting personal stories for the stage.  Class will focus on training students in...

No Upcoming Schedules
$225

7 sessions

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