The Intensive Faculty is made up of Steppenwolf Classes West teachers and Guest Artists, each of whom bring their own unique voice, style, and experience to the classroom. Our teachers work from the intellect, the heart, and the soul, creating a classroom environment where individuals can take risks and support each other in their craft. These artists bring decades of experience as actors, directors, teachers, and working artists to their classes, and each student is afforded an opportunity to train, to grow, and to thrive under their guidance.
2017 Summer Intensive Faculty:
Alexandra Billings, Viewpoints
Ms. Billings currently co-stars as Davina in Amazon's Golden Globe Award winning comedy Transparent. She 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.
Julie Granata, Movement
Ms. Granata is an educator and performer with 20 years of professional experience in regional theaters across the country, including Ensemble Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, B Street Theatre, and Boston Court on the West Coast and Goodman Theatre, Timeline Theatre Company, and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. She has worked in television, film, radio, and is a voiceover artist for interactive media. Julie holds a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, a proud member of SAG - AFTRA & AEA, a graduate of the SITI Company Intensive, and a MFA Acting/Performance Pedagogy candidate at CSULB. Julie's interest in the interconnectedness of movement, text analysis, and unscripted collaboration sprang from her experiences as trained dancer and certified yoga instructor. The intersection of her work as a performer and her deep interest in body mechanics, movement as meditation, and the physical expression of self has led to her work as a performing arts educator.
Eric Hunicutt, Improvisation
Eric's work as an actor includes television, film, sketch comedy, commercials, and over two decades performing improv. Eric has studied and performed with The Second City, the Improv Olympic (iO) Theater in Chicago and LA, UCB, Comedy Sportz, and more. He is a founding member of the acclaimed improv ensemble the Reckoning. His work as a director includes world premiere plays, solo shows, web series, and short films; stage productions in Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, and as a guest director at The University of California San Diego. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the Echo Theatre Company in Los Angeles.
In addition to Steppenwolf Classes West, where he has taught for the past nine years, Eric has taught at Warner Loughlin Studios, The Art of Acting Studio, the iOWest (Improv Olympic) Theatre, BGB Studio, AK Studios, California State University’s Summer Arts intensive, UC San Diego, and taught workshops at numerous theater and improv companies, festivals and conferences.
Jeff Perry, Scene Study
Jeff currently stars on the ABC hit series Scandal, playing the role of Cyrus Beene, The White House Chief of Staff. Jeff is a co-founder of Chicago's internationally acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre, The School at Steppenwolf, Steppenwolf Classes West and Steppenwolf Films.
Directing credits at Steppenwolf include Educating Rita (in Chicago and Off Broadway), The Hothouse, The Homecoming, Little Egypt (World Premiere) and A Moon for the Misbegotten.
Acting credits at Steppenwolf include Uncle Vanya, August Osage County (also NY, London, Sydney), Balm in Gilead (also Off-Broadway), The Time of Your Life (also Seattle, San Francisco), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (World Premiere), The Grapes of Wrath (also Broadway and London), The Caretaker (also Broadway) and Streamers (also Kennedy Center).
Kim Rubinstein, Scene Study
Kim Rubinstein directed Anna Christie at LA's Odyssey Theatre in 2015, which won LADCC's Best Revival Production and for which Ms. Rubinstein received a Best Director nomination. She is a professor of theatre at University of California, San Diego where she teaches acting and directing. With her colleague Lisa Porter, Kim has created a system of training the brain for Optimal Creative Thinking using a synthesis of neuroscience and theatre training techniques. She began teaching Viewpoints at Northwestern University, where she taught acting for ten years and directed in Chicago and around the US. Before relocating to California eight years ago, Kim was the Associate Artistic Director at The Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.
Past Summer Intensive Faculty / Guest Artists: Rob Clare, Shannon Cochran, Linda Lowy, Hugh O'Gorman, Monica Payne, and Christopher Shaw.