High-level arts meets high-achieving academics.

Academy of the Arts is a non-profit educational institution in the Western suburbs of Chicago.

The Academy

Academy of the Arts is a non profit educational institution in the Western suburbs of Chicago where high-level arts meets high-achieving academics. Academy of the Arts is committed to providing high-level arts programming while engaging students in a comprehensive academic education. We believe that creativity and the quest for innovation fosters individuality–allowing the holistic development of each student.

Artistic Areas

Performing Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre)
Visual Arts (Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture)
Media Arts (Graphic Design, Animation, Photo, Video)
Arts Business (Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing)

The School

The Pilot Program for our K-12 day school is launching Fall 2025. Applications will open Early Spring 2025 for a limited number of spots. Selected applicants will audition for Academy of the Arts with placement for those accepted in Late Spring 2025.

The Studio

The Studio offers evening + weekend classes for adolescents, teens and adults. There are 2 14-week sessions each year which offer a variety of Individual Courses as well as curated Conservatory Tracks.


IMPACT is our week-long intensives offered throughout the summer and winter breaks for middle and high school students. IMPACT brings professional artists at the top of their field to work with students on growing their skills. The week includes a trip to Chicago to see a show and wraps up with a showcase and reception for family and friends.


Academy of the Arts hosts exciting, star-studded events throughout the year for community engagement, outreach and fundraising. These include concerts, workshops and community outings.

Our History

The Academy of the Arts is the dream of three educators who have seen the positive impact of an arts-integrated education on overall academics. With their combined decades in arts education, our founders recognize that young artists often learn differently and fostering their creativity in all areas of their school experience can benefit the whole child, whether or not they aim for a profession in the arts.

Student Wins

Sammy was signed by one of Chicago’s biggest talent agencies after being seen in our showcase

Danny was able to take class with his idol, TikTok star JJ Niemann.

Layla was invited to audition for Les Miserables in NYC after working with a top casting director in our classes

Joshua was invited to join the cast of CHILDREN OF EDEN in Chicago

Giovanni was hand-picked to be seen by one of Chicago’s biggest talent agencies

Alex was signed by one of Chicago's top agencies.

Previous Faculty

Chawntá Van

Professional Dancer

Taylor Louderman

Tony-Nominated Best Actress

Merri Sugarman

Broadway Casting Director

Judith Franklin

Broadway Actress

Erika Henningsen

Broadway Actress

Justin Prescott

Broadway Actor

JJ Niemann

TikTok Star / Broadway Actor

Galen J Williams

Broadway Actor

Abby Mueller

Original Broadway Cast

Fana Tesfagiorgis

Broadway Dancer

Samantha Pauly

Original Broadway Cast
SIX on Broadway

Zonya Love

Broadway Performer


The Academy of the Arts is committed to providing a high-level arts curriculum while engaging students in a rigorous academic education. It is our belief that creativity and the quest for innovation will foster individuality, allowing the holistic development of each artist.


Building artists to engage in a practicum of pre-professional arts training balanced with rigorous academics.

We Are Committed To Providing


to our educational programming to any students that possess the skills to attend our program regardless of their background


to a significant percentage of the student body based on financial need


to students and faculty from all backgrounds


in our student population, focusing on a wide geography encompassing the Western Suburbs

Core Values

Designing a multitude of opportunities for students to create and explore

Supporting students to discover their fullest potential

Developing independence and being responsible to giving back to the artistic community

Educating to recognize and acknowledge barriers that prevent learning for all while striving to provide just treatment and opportunity for each of our unique artists

Teaching students the art of discovery with unique techniques, opportunities, and experiences

Providing students opportunities to actively and conscientiously engage in the artistic

Key Supporters

These organizations are significant supporters of Academy of the Arts and the work we do.
We appreciate your commitment to our students and furthering arts education for our community.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

Academy of the Arts employs staff and admits students of any race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, gender, religion, and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin, gender, religion, and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.