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How We Work

Our class sizes are small so that you can work every session. Our teachers are experienced, passionate, and talented. Their love of the craft and their skill as instructors creates an environment in which we are confident that our students will feel both safe and challenged to do their best work. As a faculty we are inspired by the same goals: to nurture the ability to act spontaneously, instinctively, and with abandon, while practicing the specificity and discipline required of great acting.

Our Mission

We seek to create classes that  reflect the roots and ethos of Steppenwolf Theatre's acting ensemble while addressing the realities of being an actor in Los Angeles. Like you, we are working, auditioning actors in a town largely devoted to on-camera work. Like you, we use class to grow as artists and to keep the love of our craft beating strong. We want Steppenwolf Classes West to be your favorite actor gym – an environment of trust and challenge that nurtures your practice and experimentation and growth.

SCW Summer Intensive | Photo: Celia Finkelstein