About The Prodigy Institute

The Chicago Academy for the Arts launched The Prodigy Institute in 2014 with principal funding by the Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation.

The Prodigy Institute increases professional-level opportunities for Academy students by expanding the number of master classes and residencies with professional artists, creating partnerships with arts organizations in Chicago and beyond, and developing outreach programs. Each Prodigy Institute experience is meant to be transformational to the curriculum of the arts discipline and for each student who participates.

The Prodigy Institute Partners

Previous Master Classes + Artist Residencies


Jonathan Alsberry, Autumn Eckman and Ballet Mistress from Humburg Ballet (through partnership with the Harris Theater), Preston Miller, gARTh Johnson

Media Arts

Jake Hinkson, Menlo MacFarlane, Stuart Dybek (in conjunction with the English Department), Lori Felker


eighth blackbird, Fonema Consort, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vijay Ayer, Seamus Blake, Ashley Summers, Joby Burgess, Dan Effland, Ben Patterson, Chris Fisher-Lochhead (Composer in Residence), Ondas Ensamble, Rob Clearfield Group, Clark Sommers + John Deitmeyer, Amanda DaBoers, Ana Maria Martinez (through partnership with the Lyric Opera)

Musical Theatre

Nicholas Davio, Tommy Rapley


Kat Barker (through partnership with Second City)

Visual Arts

Tom Torluemke, Matthew Woodward, Robin Dluzen, Cheryl Bachand