Typically, our classes meet once per week in sessions ranging from eight to twelve weeks, depending on the class and teacher. Tuition varies depending upon the duration of the class session. Since all our teachers are working artists, not all classes are offered at all times, and we don't always know when the next one will be offered. Our classes are scheduled when our teachers are able to devote the requisite amount of time and energy to their students. If you would like information about a class that is not currently offered, please contact us. To receive information via email when a new class is scheduled, please join our mailing list. 


Scene Study


Using a wide range of material from classical and contemporary plays, students are encouraged to stretch and deepen their level and love of performance in a safe environment through bold positive choices and emotional honesty.

Admission into Scene Study classes requires an audition. Audition is 1-2 min. monologue of actor's choice. 

Scene Study teachers: Shannon Cochran, Abigail Deser, Tom Irwin, Jeff Perry


TOM IRWIN Scene Study begins in JUNE :

SATURDAYS 2-6pm Begins JUNE 10th - Ends AUGUST 12th (10 Weeks) Tuition $660 ($600 for returning SCW students). Audition required for actors new to Mr. Irwin's class. Audition date(s) TBA.

SHANNON COCHRAN Scene Study begins in JULY:

SATURDAYS: Start date / time TBA. (10 Weeks) Tuition $660 ($660 for returning SCW students). Audition required for actors new to Ms. Cochran's class. Audition date(s) TBA. 

Class Info \ Request Audition






This class is all about Process, about opening up an individual, a human, and expanding as an artist. It's about how each actor works, grows, and applies themself.  Students learn fundamentals and core concepts of Viewpoints training, while exploring applications of their work to monologues, scenes, auditions, and film and television work. Scene work is involved, however no memorization is required. The class is a great introduction to Viewpoints work for novices and also appropriate for those experienced with Viewpoints training.

No audition is required for this class. 

Viewpoints teacher: Alexandra Billings

Upcoming classes: No classes scheduled at this time.



Viewpoints + Improvisation for the Actor



This one-of-a-kind, co-taught class integrates Viewpoints training and fundamental concepts and philosophies of improvisation, exploring improv and Viewpoints-based exercises with applications to scripted scenes, character building, audition preparation, and ensemble-based work. 

No audition is required for this class.

Viewpoints and Improvisation teachers: Alexandra Billings & Eric Hunicutt.

Upcoming class: No class scheduled at this time. 


Viewpoints + Scene Study + Improv LAB



The three disciplines of Viewpoints, Improvisation, and Scene Study are the foundation of Steppenwolf Classes West, The School at Steppenwolf in Chicago, and the Steppenwolf Classes West Summer Intensive. This class explores the commonalities of each discipline in an experimental  co-taught format, applying tools and techniques to monologues, scripted scene work, elements of long-form improvisation, and devised compositions - often with all three teachers in the room teaching together. 

This class is by invitation only. Candidates must have studied with at least one of the teachers. 

LAB teachers: Alexandra Billings, Eric Hunicutt, Jeff Perry

Upcoming class: No class scheduled at this time.