Register for the 2018 Academy Summer Program!


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. Feel free to contact Summer Program Coordinator, Rose Colella at for more details. 

The Theatre & Musical Theatre Summer Program is currently at full capacity. Please contact Rose Colella at to inquire about any spots that may have opened up. All other programs (Dance, Media Arts, Music, and Visual Arts) are still open for registration.

Summer Program Details

  • Who: The Academy Summer Program is for students entering the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades in the fall of 2018. The program is for students serious about the arts.

  • What: The Academy will offer programs in Dance, Media Arts, Music, 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: Each program takes place at The Academy at 1010 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642.

  • When: June 25-June 30, Monday through Saturday. All programs will run from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with lunch and midday inter-program activities. All students will showcase their work in The Academy Summer Program Showcase on Saturday, June 30th at 3:30 p.m.

Specific Program Details

Media Arts
Theatre & Musical Theatre
Visual Arts

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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 storytelling. 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.


Explore. Rehearse. Perform. Spend a week with some of the top professional performers and teachers in Chicago! Each morning you will be immersed in theory & ear training, music history, and composition, where you'll create your own completely original musical score. In the afternoon, you'll learn classical and jazz repertoire with your fellow musicians in a group setting, and perform what you’ve rehearsed along the way in our jazz combos & classical chamber ensembles. Singers will participate in our Vocal Performance class, which focuses on both classical and jazz singing, including individual private lessons and instruction on how to sing with/lead a jazz band.

At the end of our session you will participate in a professional-level performance showcasing what you’ve learned and accomplished.

This is a chance to grow your passion for classical, jazz, and new music!

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 intensive will culminate in a presentation of material on the final day.

Students 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.


Registration for the Spring 2018 Saturday Program is closed.


The Academy offers a ten-week Saturday program for students entering the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in the fall and spring. The 2018 spring session will begin March 3rd and will offer an intensive in Theatre & Musical Theatre. Each session begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 12 p.m. Please contact Rose Colella at with any questions.

While the Spring Saturday Program is structured similarly to the Fall Saturday Program, instruction adapts to those students who are in the intensive. Therefore, participants in the Fall Program will not be repeating work.

Saturday Program Details

  • Who: The Academy Saturday Program (spring session) is for students currently in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The program is for students serious about the arts.

  • What: See below for details. Tuition for each program is $595. Students who participated in the 2017 Academy Summer Program, or are registered for the 2018 Academy Summer Program are eligible to receive a 10% discount on tuition. Please contact Tim Butler, Director of Marketing and Communications, at to apply the discount.

  • Where: The Chicago Academy for the Arts at 1010 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642.

  • When: Saturdays: March 3 - May 5. 9 a.m. t0 12 p.m. We understand that this program will run during spring break, and therefore we will do our best to accommodate for any absences.

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Theatre & Musical Theatre: Shakespeare Scene Study and Technique

The Chicago Academy for the Arts Theatre and Musical Theatre Departments are excited to offer a spring intensive in Shakespeare Scene Study and Technique. Our professional faculty will offer a ten-week course using selections for Shakespeare's greatest works as a primer for training in acting, voice, and movement. The program will culminate in a final showcase performance for family and friends.

Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades with a strong interest in the disciplines of Theatre and Musical Theatre are welcome.

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