School at Steppenwolf


Taught by members of Steppenwolf's world renowned ensemble and guest teachers intimate with our work, The School at Steppenwolf is a 10-week residency for experienced actors who want to learn more about the ensemble traditions, values and methods that make Steppenwolf unique.

The application deadline for the 2014 School at Steppenwolf and the 2014/20145 Acting Fellowship has now passed. Information regarding next summer's programs will be available in the Fall.


Application Deadline: February 7, 2014
Notification of Audition Status: February 21, 2014
Chicago Audition Dates: March 3-7, 17-19, 24, 2014
New York Audition Dates: March 10 and 11, 2014
Notification of Acceptance Status: April 18, 2014

Program Schedule

Program Dates: June 9 – August 15, 2014

This summer's residency will be held in Chicago from June 9 to August 15, 2014.. The 10-week period is divided into 3 trimesters, 3 weeks each, culminating in a tenth week of cross-discipline explorations and class presentations. Classes are held every Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 6:30pm, including holidays.

The Steppenwolf School curriculum is both broad and diverse, dedicating time to the ensemble actor as well as the individual performer. Our teachers approach the craft of acting through the emotional, physical, intellectual, and instinctual - from the brain and from the heart.

While our program is certainly a great opportunity to work with experienced industry professionals and to hone your technical performance skills, a majority of the summer will be spent in our core group classes of Meisner, Improvisation, and Viewpoints - disciplines that we have found the most effective for fostering the ensemble studies atmosphere we are striving to create.

Questions? Need more information?

For application and payment information, please see our ‘How to Apply’ page.

If you have further questions regarding The School at Steppenwolf, please contact the School Coordinator:
Jessamyn Fuller at (312) 654-5667 or by email at