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.


The School at Steppenwolf is a residency acting training program for experienced actors who are interested in acting training rooted in ensemble traditions. It is an approach to art making that is foundational to the meaning of Steppenwolf Theatre.

When we had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 session, we felt that it would be a disservice to our students to create a hybrid online program. The power of being in the same rehearsal room is something that is difficult to replicate online.

Out of concern for the safety and wellbeing of our students and our faculty, we have made the decision to cancel the 2021 summer session of The School at Steppenwolf.

We will be back in 2022. More information will be shared in the coming months

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 Associate Artistic Director Leelai Demoz by email at ldemoz@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.