Ensemble acting training for professional and aspiring professional theatre artists, taught by Steppenwolf Classes West faculty and guest artists.

 

2017 Summer Intensive dates: JULY 23 - AUGUST 13

 

The deadline to apply for 2017 Summer Intensive was May 30, 2017. If you're interested in submitting a late application, please Contact Us and we may be able to accommodate your request.

 

Steppenwolf Classes West's three week intensive offers professional and aspiring professional theatre artists a unique opportunity to train together as an ensemble, working with an ensemble of teachers and guest artists. The Intensive is built on a core curriculum of Viewpoints, improvisation, and scene study, with master class sessions and guest artist seminars..Classes are taught by Steppenwolf Classes West faculty members, guest artists, and award-winning professional actors, directors, and teachers. 

Artists who are currently working professionals, graduate program students, and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be 18 years or older.

WHY AN INTENSIVE?

ACTING, is a very big and very wide subject – it is after all one of the ways we humans seek to understand and improve our existence. Practicing the craft of acting requires study, dedication, vulnerability, risk, perseverance, imagination and faith. My fellow teachers and I have witnessed, dozens of times over the last twenty years, the uniquely powerful learning curve that these intense, weeks long, uninterrupted practices allow.
— JEFF PERRY
The river of continuous work for three weeks, 10 hours a day creates a high, exquisite state of alertness that perceives outside and inside simultaneously. Our Intensive is a thorough and vigorous concentration on the art of acting in a short time. This leads to an intensification of learning that is rare and lasting.
— KIM RUBINSTEIN

WHY THIS CURRICULUM?

When we bind Viewpoints, improvisation and scene work together in day and night study you are able to explore values that we fervently believe are essential to great acting:

-The flexibility to work from your whole self- body, mind, heart, imagination. 

-The practice of expanding your trustof your instincts, of yourself, of your fellow artist.

-The ability to explore rather than conclude, to live in the moment and let each exploration be ‘this time’ as opposed to a preordained ‘plan’. To engage with text as if it were improvisation, to be able to erase the footprints of rigorous preparation

The practice these classes nurture and the synergy these classes create in combination have proven to us as teachers & fellow artists to be, well, profound. They allow actors to increase their ability to explore, their flexibility and fearlessness, their trust of instinct. They help us as artists with perhaps our most transformative tool: our ability to truly live in the moment.

 

Exceptional Training

Practice and train in an ensemble setting, where artists are encouraged to take risks, to explore, to grow their art and hone their craft under the guidance of master teachers and guest artists.

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Inspiring Faculty

Teachers include Steppenwolf Classes West faculty, Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble members, working actors and directors, award-winning guest artists and master class instructors.

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Amazing Community

Study and train with a community of artists in a challenging and supportive environment where practicing your craft is paramount.

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