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 are interested in combining ensemble traditions, values and great acting.

The application for the 2016 School at Steppenwolf is now available.
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Application Deadline: February 5, 2016
Notification of Audition Status: February 19, 2016
Chicago Audition Dates: February 29-March 4, 14-16, 21, 2016
New York Audition Dates: March 7 and 8, 2016
Notification of Acceptance Status: April 15, 2016

Program Schedule

Program Dates: June 6 – August 12, 2016

This summer's residency will be held in Chicago from June 6 to August 12, 2016. The 10-week period is divided into 3 trimesters, 3 weeks each, culminating in a tenth week of cross-discipline explorations. 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, Text Analysis and Viewpoints - disciplines that we have found the most effective for fostering the ensemble studies and individual training 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 DIrector:
Jessamyn Fuller at (312) 654-5667 or by email at