Faculty

Alexandra Billings

Alexandra Billings

Alexandra Billings

Teaches: Viewpoints, Advanced Viewpoints, Scene Study & Viewpoints, Viewpoints & Improvisation, Scene Study + Viewpoints + Improv Lab

Bio: Ms. Billings has taught at the Steppenwolf School in Chicago since 1998. Alexandra has studied Viewpoints under Tina Landau, one of the originators of Viewpoints along with Anne Bogart. She has also taught Viewpoints – as both an acting tool and a rehearsal technique – at Universities and theaters across the country since 1995, including the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, Louis University, Depaul University, and has been on staff at both Act One Studios and for the Illinois Theatre Alliance. Ms Billings earned her MFA at California State University Long Beach and has been on staff as a professor there since 2008.

Shannon Cochran

Shannon Cochran

Shannon Cochran

Teaches: Scene Study, Scene Study & Viewpoints

Bio: Ms. Cochran is an actress and director who has been working in theatre, film, and television for 25 years. She is a member of the teaching staff at The School at Steppenwolf in Chicago, as well as Steppenwolf West. She taught text discovery/scene study at DePaul University, and has conducted individual workshops in Chicago for several theatre companies.

 

 

Abigail Deser

Teaches: Scene Study

Bio: Ms. Deser is a freelance director, teacher, acting and writing coach. She has directed many award-winning productions across the country including at Steppenwolf Theater Company, where she directed Closer, This Is Our Youth and Disappeared. She spent many years as Associate Artistic Director at the Ojai Playwrights Festival working on new play development, dramaturgy, and directing projects including Susan Miller’s award-winning A Map of Doubt and Rescue, TD Mitchell’s Beyond the 17th Parallel, Lee Blessing’s Flag Day. Here in L.A., Abigail has directed productions at the Boston Court, Echo Theater Company, MainStreet, and at the LA Phil among others, where she will be directing again this winter.

Eric Hunicutt

Eric Hunicutt

Eric Hunicutt

Teaches: Viewpoints & Improvisation, Scene Study + Viewpoints + Improv Lab

Bio: Mr. Hunicutt was educated at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has trained and/or worked with The Second City Chicago, iO (formerly Improv Olympic) Chicago & iO West Los Angeles, Comedy Sportz, UCB, and for the past decade has toured, performed, and taught as a member of the acclaimed improv ensemble the Reckoning. Eric teaches at iO (Improv Olympic) West, iO Chicago, Warner Loughlin Studios, Cal State University’s Summer Arts, The Art of Acting Studio, and was a visiting faculty member and guest director at UC San Diego. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.

Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin

Tom Irwin

Teaches: Scene Study

Bio: Mr. Irwin is a Co-Founder of Steppenwolf Classes West, and a Steppenwolf Ensemble Member. He has been involved as an actor or director in over 50 productions with Steppenwolf theatre since joining the ensemble in 1979. Tom has been on the faculty of The Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University, Columbia College and The School at Steppenwolf.

 

Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry

Teaches: Scene Study, Scene Study + Viewpoints + Improv Lab

Bio: Mr. Perry is currently starring as Cyrus on ABC’s hit drama Scandal. He is a co-founder of Steppenwolf Theatre, the School at Steppenwolf, Steppenwolf Films, and Steppenwolf Classes West. Since 1976, Jeff has taught two-person, ensemble, Chekhov, and interdisciplinary scene study with viewpoints and improv colleagues in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and at Cal State’s Summer Arts.