Piven Workshop Celebrates 30+ Years
When people think Chicago theatre, they may think Steppenwolf and August: Osage County. They may want to think “Piven” as well. For those unfamiliar with the Piven Theatre Workshop itself, they likely are more familiar with the celebrated alumni of the theatre training and outreach program. John and Joan Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Aidan Quinn, Lili Taylor, Harry Lennix, Kate Walsh, Hope Davis, and others from Chicago who have gone on to have celebrated stage, film, or television careers. New York audiences may be familiar with “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” which has roots in connections made at the Piven. Before there were Emmy’s for Jeremy Piven, the Piven theatre workshop in Evanston, Illinois. Well, with over 30 years of work behind it, Jeremy Piven took time to celebrate and host a fund-raiser for the organization with D.B. Sweeny and Billy Dec. The fundraiser was at Rockit Bar and Grill, the actual workshop, classes, and performances are elsewhere.
Photo of Actor D.B. Sweeney and actor Jeremy Piven attends The Annual Piven Theatre WorkShop Sponsored By Grey Goose and Chicago Magazine at Rockit Bar & Grill on June 28, 2008 in Chicago. Brecheisen/Wireimage.com.
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