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.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: January 4, 2019
Notification of Audition Status: January 14, 2019
Chicago Audition Dates: February 8, 13, 14, 25, 27, March 1, 2019
Los Angeles Auditions: February 12, 2019
Toronto Auditions: February 20, 2019
New York Audition Dates: February 22, 2019
Notification of Acceptance Status: April 19, 2019

Accepting Applications*: November 1 - January 4, 2019
*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. Download a copy of this year’s application.

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Train with Steppenwolf ensemble members and artists at Steppenwolf West.

Program Schedule

Program Dates: June 3 – August 9, 2019

This summer's residency will be held in Chicago from June 3 to August 9, 2019. 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 $4,000 and needs to be received in full before the first day of class.  A limited amount of need-based scholarship assistance is available.