Certification Program

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.

Seven Pillars Acting offers Certification Programs every summer. Our training this summer will be held online.

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. 

This upcoming certification in 2020 is the flagship program: take advantage of the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a training movement and absorb the chances to get the best value for your time and training.

Led by Sonya Cooke and other master instructors, this teacher training will increase your marketability to schools and universities, as well as maximize your value to your students. Participants must have or be in the process of achieving an MFA in Acting or Directing, and they must have professional acting credits. The Certification Program is a rigorous immersion into the technique and curriculum, culminating in an assessment and written examination. 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.

  • Training in how to implement Anti-Racism in acting, training, and the entertainment industry.

  • Pathways and options for navigating challenging teaching moments.

  • Confidence in helping students reach their optimal performance skills.


Join us at the upcoming Certification Program:



August 8th -18th, 2020

Training 9am-7pm CST

August 17th Day Off

August 18th 9am - 1pm

Lunch break 1-2pm daily

Training will take place on Zoom Video Conferencing



This is the flagship price; training tuition is likely to increase in subsequent years. Participants get the best value for paying in full, but payment plans are available for those who cannot make a one-time payment.  


5 monthly payments of $190

10 monthly payments of $100

At least one payment of $190 or two payments of $100 are required to reserve your spot.


Cancelation Policy: In the event that a participant signs up but cannot attend due to unforeseen reasons, tuition is refundable until a week 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 seek to support our actors of color by increasing the representation of diverse faculty in classrooms. Therefore we are committed to offering full scholarships for black, brown, or indigenous teachers. We encourage all those eligible to apply


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