Certification Program

Join the movement that is advancing the way actors train...

The Certification Program is an Advanced Course of Teacher Training designed for university professors, acting  coaches, professional actors and directors, and graduate students who are passionate about offering the best of  themselves to their students. 

Seven Pillars Acting offers Certification Programs every summer.


Our training in Summer 2022 will be held in a hybrid fashion - both in-person and online options will be available for all participants.

Advance your teaching skills and CV and get certified to teach Seven Pillars Acting. Certification equips you with a comprehensive system, philosophy, pedagogy, and day-to-day curriculum that will prepare you for any acting classroom. Above all, it will enable you to activate your students' talent through tangible, repeatable steps. Our goal is to instill a process that our students can call their own. 

If you are a professional actor with an MFA in Acting or Directing (or degree pending), you are eligible to get certified ​to teach the technique.


What's It All About?

The Certification Program is a rigorous immersion into the technique and curriculum of Seven Pillars Acting, culminating in a teaching assessment and written examination. Led by Sonya Cooke and other master instructors, this teacher training offers participants the next step up in their academic or professional careers, no matter what level of achievement they may already enjoy. Certification will help educators and program leaders offer a high quality, empowering, and effective system of training to their departments and schools. The Certification Program will help those teachers just starting to build their brand to increase their marketability to schools and universities. Bottom-line, this is for teachers who seek a codified method for acting training that works for actors today, as well as a learning philosophy that priorities artistic autonomy, inclusivity, professional rigor, and personal empowerment.


What Are the Requirements?

Participants must have or be in the process of achieving an MFA in Acting or Directing, and they must have professional acting credits.


What Happens After Certification?

After successfully completing the teacher certification, participants are certified as Seven Pillars Acting Instructors for four years. From there, continued and higher levels of certification are available. Certified teachers are able and encouraged to teach Seven Pillars Acting in professional studios and universities, as they like, but opportunities expand to private coaching, mentorship, and our own community networking outlets, both in real-time and on social media.

Certification Program Outcomes:

Teachers receiving certification will possess…

  • The certified ability to teach or incorporate Seven Pillars Acting within institutions and programs.

  • Improved marketability and credentials for universities, colleges, and professional studios.

  • A professional network of teaching artists and resources.

  • A comprehensive, trademarked system of teaching acting, including day-by-day lesson plans and textbook.

  • A roadmap for decentering the classroom and canon, including suggestions of more diverse scripts as well as techniques for encouraging cultural compassion and competency.

  • Pathways and options for navigating challenging teaching moments.

  • Confidence in helping students reach their optimal performance skills.


Join us at the upcoming Certification Program:



Monday - Friday, 3 weeks

Training 9am-5pm PST

Lunch break 1-2pm daily

Training will take place in-person at Actor's Studio of Orange County in Santa Ana, California 

AND online via Zoom.


To be updated for 2022 soon. 

Cancelation Policy: In the event that a participant signs up but cannot attend due to unforeseen reasons, tuition is refundable until two weeks before the Certification Program. After then, tuition is non-refundable nor transferrable. 


Students currently in grad school are eligible for partial scholarships as well as our internship program.


We have diversity scholarships available for BIPOC teachers for full and partial tuition waivers. We encourage all those eligible to apply

Fill out the form below to apply. You will hear from us within two weeks.


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