By Joyce Piven and Susan Applebaum

In the Studio with Joyce Piven: Theatre Games, Story Theatre, and Scene Study is a guidebook that takes you directly inside the creative process of the renowned Piven Theatre Workshop led by Joyce and Byrne Piven. The Piven Workshop in Chicago has nurtured theatre artists celebrated in the U.S., Ireland, and Britain including John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Shira 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.


Jeremy and Shira Piven discuss In the Studio with Joyce Piven, The Piven Theatre Workshop, and film Fully Loaded

Praise for In the Studio with Joyce Piven:

“Who would have guessed that behind the darkest and most compelling acting there is a single driving force: play? Not only did Joyce and Byrne Piven figure out that play is the most honest action man can partake in, they systematized it so it can be taught and all aspiring and working actors can expand their range and truthfulness.” -Adam McKay, Director/Writer/Producer (Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights)

“Joyce Piven’s teachings are revelatory. There are many lucky souls
who have studied with her and gone on to do great things; if you don’t
have the great good fortune of living in Chicago and studying with her
in person, you can now put into practice her insights with this book,
which is a treasure trove of material for teachers and students alike.
Joyce Piven has taught a generation of actors how to transform, and in
doing so, she has transformed our theater practice. I am grateful to
have her wisdom in print.”

-Sarah Ruhl, Award-Winning Playwright

“A great new book from Joyce Piven who I’ve known all my life. She’s a great voice.”

-John Cusack, Actor