Typically, our classes meet once per week in sessions ranging from eight to twelve weeks, depending on the class and teacher. Tuition varies based on the duration of the class session.  Our classes are scheduled only when our teachers know they are able to devote time and energy to their students. 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, but we do our best to teach whenever it's possible. 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. Classes are 10 weeks, meeting once per week. Tuition is $660 ($600 for returning SCW students).

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


Scene Study taught by TOM IRWIN :

MONDAYS 7-11pm | Begins MAY 20th | ** SOLD OUT**


Classes are 10 Weeks | Tuition: $660 ($600 for returning SCW students)


Improvisation for the Actor


Explore improvisation techniques, tools, and skills without the unnecessary pressure of creating written material, being clever, or specifically creating comedy. This class uses improv as a way for actors to practice close listening, identifying and trusting their own impulse and intuition, working in collaboration and - most importantly - finding their sense of play and the joy of discovery in their work. Perfect for actors who want to explore improvisation as a supplemental tool in their own process as well as those with improv experience who are seeking to deepen the level of honesty and craft in their improv work.

No audition is required for this class.

Teacher : Eric Hunicutt

Upcoming classes: No classes scheduled at this time.





This class is all about Process, about opening up as an individual,  as a human, and expanding as an artist. It's about how each actor works, grows, and builds their craft.  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.