Course Overview

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


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 trust - of 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.


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

The 2018 Summer Intensive dates are TBA. 

An audition is required for all applicants. Out of state applicants who cannot audition in person will submit a taped audition.