Tonight, we celebrate.

We celebrate the arts as a critically important, non-negotiable part of living a good life. The arts inspire, unify, broaden perspective, heal, give voice, mobilize, and bring joy, and we are so proud to share an evening of great art with you. Tonight, we also celebrate community. For more than 35 years our school has been “home” to the best young people most of us have ever known, and their legacy is not only a decades-long body of extraordinary work, but a culture that is the envy of schools across the country.

—Jason Patera, Head of School

The Academy Jazz Quintet

Featuring vocalist Meghan Krueger

“That’s Love” by Bizet/Hammerstein II

Micah Collier, bass; Adam Chlebek, piano; Korgan Robb, drums; Preston Perez, sax

You drift away between these sheets, letting your skin play canvas for the moon’s soft light. Its waves lap at the shores of our bedding, tossing your voice in my ears. Here in night, I collect the words you left in your wake, bobbing, aimless now, around you and I. What you’ve uttered floats amid waves, I make a pile of their debris from where you lie. So fragile are these fragments which I hold, floating in my palm like bottles at sea, and my hand cages those the waves once rolled, though some still wait in your waters’ body. But when your eyelids flutter, new waves send every word slipping from my grasp again.
— Sarah Pazen (Media Arts ‘18)

Narrator: Ella Spencer
Tilly: Ali Kane & Caitlin Morley
Agnes: Gabby Barone
Lilith: Piper Kilman
Kaliope: Erika Bautista
Orcus: Jacob Flores
Chuck: Ja’na Baylor
Farrah: Grania McKirdie
Ensemble: August Bergh, Mark Cristofanilli, Anna Fry, Ivan Jaramillo, Nora McKirdie

Directed and Designed by Ben Dicke
Violence Designer: Orion Couling
Production Manager: Buck Blue
Costume Designer: Sasha Hildebrand
Assistant Director: Izzy Chern

Stage Manager: Ceridwyn Quaintance 

Synopsis: A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Visual Arts

I paint for myself in part because I am the most accessible subject in the moment of inspiration. I am interested in the idea of painting myself as a subject, in a purely physical and objective way, as opposed to the inward view I have of my own persona.

I often focus on ideas of female identity in my art by bringing attention to the feminine form without objectification, and often seek inspiration in a long history of female painters.
— OIivia Mulholland, Visual Arts '18

Mayor Emanuel Proclaims February 16 

“Tim Tynan Day"

All of us, the arts and academic faculty, the performers we have just watched, the parents who support us, and the alums have joined us tonight—each one of us is responsible for sustaining the life of that legacy. Each one of us, in no small and insignificant way, has contributed to a kind of collective memory of the Academy experience. And I am proud and grateful to be among the team of teachers, administrators, parents, and, of course, students who mold and pass that legacy along to the next cohort of Academy members.
— Tim Tynan

Tim Tynan has taught history at The Academy since Fall of 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and English Literature from Loyola University of Chicago, as well as a Master of Arts in English Literature and an Illinois teaching certificate in Secondary Education from Northeastern Illinois University.

Over the years Tynan has touched the lives of many hundreds of Academy students through AP European History, American History, and the perenially popular elective Modern American History through Film, in addition to being a constant presence and resource for students around the school.

Prior to becoming a teacher, Tynan worked as a freelance writer for The River Clipper, a free bi-monthly publication that was distributed in Chicago’s riverfront area. He also worked as a licensed real estate agent and property manager. His career as an educator began at Lane Technical High School in 1994. From 1996 to 2000, Tynan taught college composition and research writing at Truman College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, where he also served as an ESL instructor in the college’s Adult Language Skills Program and a writing tutor in its Writing Across the Curriculum program. In addition to teaching at The Academy, Tynan regularly leads several movie discussion groups in the northern suburbs of Chicago. 

La Planète

Animation from Jackie Tang (Media Arts, Class of 2017) from the Media Arts Fall Show "Reversal."



Swan Lake Pas de Trois
excerpt from Act I

Choreography by Marius Petipa
Re-staged by Patrick Simoniello
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costumes courtesy of Ruth Page Center; alterations by Alex Gordon Special Coaching by Harriet Ross

Dancers: Evan Boersma, Morgan Clune, and Lillian Yokom 

Time After Time

Choreography by Randy Duncan
Music by Cyndi Lauper
Costumes by Sasha Hildebrand
Special Coaching by Harriet Ross

Dancers: Isabel Ball, Sasha Bass-Ulmer, Kassi Bates, Evan Boersma, Morgan Clune, Selina Costabile, Isaiah Day, Giselle Diaz, Amari Frazier, Avery Glunt, Colin Heino, India Hobbs, Francesca Iori, Zachary Jeppsen, Chloe Ricke, Isabella Ricke, Gianna Rotkvich, Simon Schuh, Ariana Sugay, Angela Valdivieso, Lillian Yokom