The Summer Intensive 

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


JULY 13 - JULY 28

The deadline to apply for 2019 Summer Intensive was MAY 15th. If you need to submit a late application, please contact us directly and we may be able to process your application.



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 Co-Founder: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Classes West, The School at Steppenwolf


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

The Intensive is hosted by the University of Southern California’s Dept. of Dramatic Arts. All classes are held on USC’s campus in the heart of L.A.

Artists who are currently working professionals, graduate program students, and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be 18 years or older as of January 1, 2019.

For more info, please visit the Intensive FAQ page or contact us.


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.