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In the Studio with Joyce Piven

Joyce Piven and Susan Applebaum

DOI: 10.5040/9781350054745

ISBN: 9781408173879

In the Studio with Joyce Piven takes you directly inside the creative process of the renowned Piven Workshop led by Joyce and Byrne Piven.

The Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago has nurtured theatre artists celebrated in the US, Ireland and Britain including Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Aidan Quinn, Sarah Ruhl, Lili Taylor and Kate Walsh. Co-authors Joyce Piven and Susan Applebaum describe the Workshop techniques (developed and refined over forty years of theatrical training) as a virtual fly-on-the-wall experience, taking the reader inside the director's studio, classroom, and green room.

Part One introduces the central principles of game work and the concept of 'encounter' - finding the emotional experience at the heart of a set of given circumstances - and ends with a chapter on the role of story theatre as a bridge between games and play text.

Part Two takes you into the classroom with Joyce Piven through fully-detailed transcripts of physical and vocal workshops on play, agreement, specificity, transformation and story theatre, accompanied by explanations and tips for teaching.

The book ends with an alphabetical appendix of games taught by Byrne and Joyce Piven based on their work with Paul Sills and Viola Spolin, Etienne Decroux, Uta Hagen and Mira Rostova.

A highly regarded guide and resource for actors, teachers, and directors, this books if for anyone interested in the creative process of acting and actor training.

'Remarkable things have been happening at the Piven Theatre Workshop for more than 40 years. Great teaching happens there. Great Plays originate there. Remarkable artists emerge from there.' Young Theatre Journal

'Eminently readable, the works of Piven and Applebaum will be a welcome addition for those involved in creating, directing, and teaching. Actors will benefit from the illustrations, drama specialists will learn strategies of empowerment, and directors, especially those eager to dive deeper into the heart of a text, will find this work invaluable.' Young Theatre Journal