Dear Alums,

Please consider contributing to the Faculty Legacy Award Fund by clicking on the button above. Money raised will be used to create scholarships each year in honor of a transformative faculty member, as well as to award a grant to the teacher directly. Your contribution — small or large — will help us reach our goal of raising $7,000 for the Faculty Legacy Scholarship Honoring Randy Duncan. If you missed my initial announcement about Showcase and Randy, please see below. We hope you'll join us at the celebration on February 9!


Photo by Thomas Mohr Photography

Photo by Thomas Mohr Photography

Dear Friends,

Please join us in honoring Randy Duncan, one of the most beloved, important, and influential people in the history of The Chicago Academy for the Arts. At Showcase, on February 9 at the Athenaeum Theatre, we will present Randy with The Academy’s Faculty Legacy Award.

Randy has been a part of The Academy community since 1994, serving first as a teacher and — for the last 10 years — the Chair of the Dance Department. He oversees the school’s legendary Senior, Faculty, and Guest-Choreographed Dance Concerts, and as a passionate advocate for young men in dance, he was instrumental in the development of The Rusty and Jeffrey Sanfilippo Young Men’s Dance Initiative.


Through his teaching, mentorship, and leadership, Randy has transformed generations of young dancers. His students have gone on to study at all of the best conservatories in the world — from USC Kaufman to Juilliard — and many continue to make their mark on the world of dance on Broadway stages and in professional companies around the world today.

A critically acclaimed and award-winning figure in the local, national, and international dance community, Randy’s choreography has been featured in prominent dance companies, theatres, and films, from the Joffrey Ballet and Goodman Theatre, to Yale University and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and to Ballet Folklórico of Mexico City and Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel.

Randy is a three-time recipient of Chicago’s prestigious Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Choreographer of the Year, a three-time recipient of the Black Theatre Alliance Award for theatre, the 2013 AIDS Foundation Chicago Civic Leadership Award, and the Artistic Achievement Award from the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Randy is a proud member of the Illinois State University’s Hall of Fame.

Showcase is The Academy’s premiere community event of the year, presenting world-class work from across the school to a massive audience of families, alums, friends, and arts leaders and lovers from Chicago and beyond. We hope you will join us on February 9 to celebrate Randy Duncan’s legacy at The Chicago Academy for the Arts.

Jason Patera
Head of School