Help Academy students raise $10,000 for AIDS research and support.

Each year, Academy students produce and perform in a benefit show to support HIV/AIDS research. The 21st Annual AIDS Benefit will take place September 22nd and 23rd here at The Academy. Students from each department will present new work, under the direction and curation of student leadership. All proceeds after costs go to The AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Our goal is to raise $10,000!

Thank you for your generous support towards this great cause, and we will see you at the show!

Those who purchase sponsor tickets will receive their name in the event program and an official show poster.


SEPTEMBER 22nd and 23rd


September 22 - 4:45PM

September 22 - 7PM

September 23 - 7PM

Since its beginning in 1997, the AIDS Benefit has become one of the staples of The Academy community. 
Nineteen years ago, Musical Theatre Department alum, and now hit songwriter Justin Tranter (Justin Bieber's "Sorry," Fall Out Boy's "Centuries") had a beautiful idea to put together a student-run variety show that could help raise awareness and advocacy for HIV/AIDS. His vision was to create an entirely student-run show without faculty direction or oversight, but also one that could benefit a great cause.

In the years since the event's inception, Academy students have raised tens of thousands of dollars for AIDS research, support, care, and organizations.

We are happy to celebrate The Academy's 21st anniversary of the AIDS Benefit, and look forward to making it the most successful one yet. Join us in being a part of the experience, and help make a real difference within our community at the 2017 AIDS Benefit. 

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