The Summer Program begins on June 26th!
Registration for the 2017 program has closed.


Each summer The Academy offers a week-long intensive for students entering the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. This program is designed for students serious about the arts, and aims to provide practical instruction in a chosen discipline. We model our Summer Program after the curriculum current Academy students experience everyday, and therefore this is a special opportunity for young artists get to know The Academy. Registration is open now! Feel free to contact Summer Program Coordinator, Rose Colella at for more details.

Summer Program Details

  • Who: The Academy Summer Program is for students entering the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades in the fall of 2017. The program is for students serious about the arts.

  • What: The Academy will offer programs in Dance, Media Arts, Music (for vocalists), Theatre & Musical Theatre, and Visual Arts. Each program will focus on a variety of disciplines. Students will create a finished piece of work over the course of the week-long intensive. Details on each program are below. Tuition for each program is $595.

  • Where: Summer intensives take place at The Academy at 1010 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642.

  • When: June 26-June 30. All programs will run from 9AM t0 3PM with an hour for lunch and inter-program activities. All students will showcase their work and performances in The Academy Summer Program Showcase on Friday, June 30th at 3PM.

Specific Program Details


Media Arts


Theatre & Musical Theatre

Visual Arts


The Summer Dance Program will give young dancers the opportunity to study both ballet and modern dance.

Students will learn basic dance technique that will lead them in an exploration of their individual talent and creativity, and deepen their understanding of the art form.   

This dance intensive is designed to increase the dancer’s musicality, core strength, coordination, flexibility, and correct posture, as well as their dramatic awareness and physical power.

Successful completion of this intensive will give young artists a foundation for further dance training in ballet and modern.  

Media Arts

The Media Arts Department will offer summer intensives focusing on story-telling. Stories can be formed into a film, an animation, a poem, or a piece of fiction. The summer program will assist students in generating and developing ideas, then structuring these ideas into a cogent story.

Once the story has been developed, students can express it through one of the mediums our program teaches: fiction, poetry, animation, and film. Participants will be working collaboratively and individually as they explore the techniques and skills needed to express their vision clearly.

Music for Vocalists

Explore. Rehearse. Perform. Spend a week with some of Chicago's top Vocalists and Educators! 

Vocalists will participate in our Vocal Performance Class, which focuses on both classical and jazz singing, performance techniques, stage presence, foreign languages, audition practices, mic technique, and instruction on how to sing with an accompanist and lead a jazz band. Individual private lessons will occur daily, as well as group classes, in which students will be immersed in music theory, ear training, music history.

At the end of our session, vocalists will participate in a professional-level performance showcasing what they’ve learned and accomplished, with a professional classical accompanist and live jazz combo.

This is a chance to grow your passion for classical & jazz singing!

Theatre & Musical Theatre

The Theatre and Musical Theatre Summer Program focuses on professional training in acting, voice (both singing and speaking), and dance and/or stage movement. In addition, students may have the opportunity to work with The Academy’s faculty on various technical aspects of the theatre. The camp will culminate in a presentation of material on the final day.

Camp attendees will spend their mornings working in specific Theatre and Musical Theatre related workshops including, stage combat, solo and group singing, Shakespeare, Musical Theatre dance, and voice & diction. Chosen material will include scenes and songs from the Department’s professional training curriculums including William Shakespeare, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, and others. Afternoons will focus on work for our final presentation.

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Summer Program mirrors the Academy Visual Arts Department’s curriculum and will pair teaching traditional techniques with contemporary art making practices. The week will have a dual focus on developing fundamental skills along with introducing new ways to explore and experiment with different ideas and mediums.

Mornings will concentrate on drawing, while the afternoons will offer students the choice between two studio workshops: Painting or Expanded Art and Sculpture.

Special activities will include a museum visit to discuss and emphasize the connections between art history and contemporary art. The week will culminate in an exhibition of the student work in our department’s galleries.

This program is a perfect opportunity for students of various levels of experience – from those who may have had few formal classes, to those who already have a developed interest – to further discover and challenge their potential and passion for making art.