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. See how it came to be.



Out of concern for the safety and wellbeing of our students and our faculty, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 summer session of The School at Steppenwolf.  

Important Dates

2020 Program Dates:  June 1, 2020 – August 7, 2020

Application Deadline: January 3, 2020
Notification of Audition Status: January 15, 2020
Chicago Audition Dates: February 10, 12, 14, 24,  March 2, 2020
Toronto Auditions: February 19, 2020
New York Audition Dates: February 21, 2020

Los Angeles Auditions: February 28, 2020
Notification of Acceptance Status: April 17, 2020

Accepting Applications*: October 25, 2019 - January 3, 2020
*on line portal only open during this application period

Please note: Once you begin the online application portal, you cannot save your application and return to it at a later date. To avoid incomplete applications, please have your materials ready before you begin the process including:

Headshot/ Resume PDF

Letter of recommendation from theatre professional
Letter may be attached electronically to the application or, if preferred, emailed to Jberry@steppenwolf.org with the applicants name in the subject line.

If preferred, hard copies can be sent to the attention of Jonathan Berry, School at Steppenwolf, 1700 N Halsted Street, Chicago IL, 60614.

Answers to three short essay questions

Download a copy of this year’s application.

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Program Schedule

Program Dates: June 1 – August 07, 2020

This summer's residency will be held in Chicago from June 1 to August 07, 2020. 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 as well as 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?

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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: 
Jonathan Berry at (312) 654-5653 or by email at jberry@steppenwolf.org.


Tuition for the 10 week program is $4,500 and needs to be received in full before the first day of class.  A limited amount of need-based scholarship assistance is available.