Byrne Piven
American actor
Byrne Piven
Byrne Piven was an influential American stage actor, director, and co-founder of the Playwrights Theatre Club, a forerunner of The Second City.
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Debate rages over Piven's plan to fix up Noyes Center
Chicago Times - over 3 years
If you were to inventory the cultural assets of Evanston, you'd start with Northwestern University and then, very quickly, would get to the Piven Theatre Workshop. There is the famous, and famously complex, Piven family itself: Joyce Piven, now 83, and the late Byrne Piven, who for decades taught North Shore teenagers, including their own children Jeremy (the star of HBO's "Entourage" and "Mr. Selfridge" on PBS) and Shira (an actress turned Hollywood director who is married to Adam McKay, the movie director and co-founder of "Funny or Die"). There are the illustrious movie-star alumni: John and Joan Cusack, Aidan Quinn, Lili Taylor. And then there are the many former Piven students who are lawyers or businesspeople by profession, but who spent their formative years learning to speak, emote and self-actualize in a Piven class and who now are resource-rich and powerful and who remain profoundly grateful for their eduction.     
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An Interview With Jeremy Piven, Star of 'Mr. Selfridge' - New York Times
Google News - almost 4 years
New York Times An Interview With Jeremy Piven, Star of 'Mr. Selfridge' New York Times JEREMY PIVEN IS BEST KNOWN as the venal, tantrum-throwing superagent Ari Gold on HBO's hit comedy “Entourage”; as an alumnus of the Piven Theater Workshop in Chicago, founded by his parents, Joyce and Byrne Piven; and as the center of a highly ... Jeremy Piven's niece mocks his "Mr. Selfridge" beardChicago Sun-Times (blog) PBS seeks Downton-esque Brit hit with Call the Midwife and Mr SelfridgeThe Guardian Jeremy Piven moves from Ari to Harry in PBS seriesHuffington Post Kansas City Star (blog) -Chicago Tribune all 26 news articles »
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Evanston's Piven marks 40 years of theater - Lincolnshire Review
Google News - over 5 years
Maya Friedler, who is being honored as a representative of the Friedler Family, has been involved with the workshop since Joyce and the late Byrne Piven started it forty years ago. “We were neighbors in Evanston,” Friedler related
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Away From the Entourage But Not From the Whirl
NYTimes - over 8 years
JEREMY PIVEN was in repose, sort of. Dressed in a charcoal gray hoodie, both hands hugging an oversize mug of Guatemalan yerba maté tea, Mr. Piven was curled up on a couch in his rented Chelsea apartment one recent Saturday morning, the Alison Krauss-Robert Plant bluegrass album playing softly on his stereo. Is he really this chill? Nope. ''I was
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A NIGHT OUT WITH The 'Fat Pig' Guys; Big Helpings of Denial And Oinks All Round
NYTimes - about 12 years
It was a scene that had all the elements of a classic boys' night out. The meat was red and so was the wine. There were movie stars, cigars and Bruce Willis holding court in the next room. And the subject was that most elusive and manly of topics: themselves. ''I love being a guy because I don't have to date them,'' said Neil LaBute, the bearded
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Byrne Piven, 72, Theater Workshop Founder
NYTimes - almost 15 years
Byrne Piven, an actor, director and teacher who influenced generations of performers, including his son, the television and movie actor Jeremy Piven, died on Feb. 18 in Evanston, Ill. He was 72. The cause was lung cancer. During its 30 years, the Piven Theater Workshop in Evanston has shaped the work of stage and film actors including John, Joan
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THEATER; A Working Girl Who Acts on Her Own
NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: In a hailstorm at dawn recently, Joan Cusack was sitting with Melanie Griffith in a Winnebago trailer that was parked in the bowels of the Staten Island ferry. She was about to be made up for a music video based on Carly Simon's theme song for the movie ''Working Girl,'' in which Miss Cusack plays Miss Griffith's best friend and fellow
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Byrne Piven
  • 2002
    Age 72
    Died on February 18, 2002.
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  • 1972
    Age 42
    In 1972, he and his wife started the Piven Theatre Workshop, partly to supplement their incomes, and partly to have something for their children to do after school.
    More Details Hide Details As Piven liked to point out, many of those children went on to fame and fortune. Piven was standby for both Louis Hayward (King Arthur) and Christopher Carey (Mordred) in the national tour of "Camelot." The production also featured Arthur Treacher (Pellinore) and Kathryn Grayson (Guenevere) prior to her replacement by Jan Moody. Some of Piven's favorite roles include: The Man in 605, for which he received the Joseph Jefferson Award for best actor, the Piven Theatre Workshop/Famous Door production of The Shoemakers, directed by Shira, Victory Garden's production of The Value of Names with Shelley Berman, This Old Man Came Rolling Home and The Sunshine Boys at the National Jewish Theatre, Bob Falls’ Hamlet (starring Byrne's then-student Aidan Quinn) and the Workshop's futuristic production of Macbeth. Piven also starred as the river boat captain in the Uncle Ben's rice commercials in the 1970s, and many television appearances. He died of lung cancer in Evanston, Illinois.
  • 1954
    Age 24
    Piven was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He came to Chicago in 1954 and met Joyce Hiller at the University of Chicago.
    More Details Hide Details They were married a short time later. In the 1950s, the Pivens were two of the founding members of the Playwrights Theatre Club, along with Paul Sills and David Shepard. Playwrights featured such budding stars as Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Ed Asner and Barbara Harris. In the mid-1950s, the Pivens moved to New York, where they studied with Uta Hagen. Piven played the leads in several New York Shakespeare Festival productions. He was also part of the Obie Award-winning cast of A House Remembered. They returned to Chicago in 1967 to rejoin Sills, Sheldon Patinkin, Bernie Sahlins and Joyce Sloane in forming Second City Repertory and then Story Theatre. Piven, charismatic, balding and bearded, with a beautifully resonant voice, spent some time as an acting teacher at Northwestern University, offering his expertise in improvisation as well as his peculiarly sage view of life, combining a respect for zen and the torah.
  • 1929
    Born on September 24, 1929.
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