Monday, April 12, 2010

Emilie and Bernard Beck Podcast

On this episode of the Talk Theatre In Chicago podcast we talk with playwright and director Emilie Beck and her father Bernard Beck who is appearing in her one-man show Number Of People playing at the Piven Theatre in Evanston.

Listen here:

Monday, March 29, 2010

Piven and Walker Elementary

Throughout our residency at Walker Elementary, students
studied how theatre games and improvisation can help create
descriptive characters. These character sketches can then be used to
assist in their creative writing and language use skills.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Another oldie, but goodie

Interview from 8/17/08 with Joyce Piven, Jen Green, and Susan Payne. They discuss the Piven philosophy of acting training, child actors, their own personal connections to the Workshop, and the crucial importance of play in a mediatized culture. The link takes you to Talk Theatre in Chicago podcasts. It is number 82!

TALK Theatre in Chicago Podcast.

Number of People

Follow the link below to an audio podcast discussion on Piven Theatre's production of "Number of People" between David Bier and David Chack. This is our first attempt at a podcast so we apologize for the sound quality. Also there is a small break in the audio around middle where they start talking about Oskar Shindler. Sorry, for the troubles, but hope to get sound remedied for the next one.

David Bier, MSW, is Consultant/Clinician for the Holocaust Community Services program at Jewish Child and Family Services, Skokie, Illinois. He has worked with and on behalf of survivors of the Holocaust for over 9 years.
Holocaust Community Services provides support to survivors to continue to live independently in their homes, and offers consultation and training.
He can be reached at

David Y. Chack is President of the Association for Jewish Theatre. He is currently on faculty at the Board of Jewish Education Metropolitan Chicago and the Dawn Schuman Institute of the Community Foundation Metro Chicago. He produces, writes, directs, and teaches theatre and curates exhibitions. He is a recent 2010 Fellow of the Council of American Jewish Museums and has received multiple awards including the Elie Wiesel Award for Jewish Arts and Culture; the James Macdonald Award for Interfaith Understanding and Social Justice, and a semi-finalist award for the Charles R. Bronfman Innovative Jewish Communities Visiting Professorship at Brandeis University. Many of his articles are found on

Number of People Podcast

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spring Classes Begin!

Our spring session is on its way, and we've got a talented new group of youth students.
Take a look!