ACADEMY Logistics

The ACADEMY is Black Box’s most rigorous training program, designed to catapult the actor from student to professional in 100 days.  The program culminates in the ACADEMY Industry Showcase, where actors present their work to a room full of Chicago’s most prominent agents, casting houses, and directors.  Recent graduates have booked agents, earned roles on network television shows, won awards, and appeared on stages across Chicago, including Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Lookingglass, Steep and many others.

Applications are currently closed. Applications for the Class of 2020 will open in the fall of 2019. Fill out the form below to be notified when applications re-open.

The ACADEMY 2019 Logistics

Financial Information:
The ACADEMY tuition is $9000
The application fee is $25
A $2500 deposit will be required to accept an offer of admission. See details below.
Limited Financial aid is available. Not all applications will qualify. To apply for financial aid, click here.

Audition and Admission Information:
2019 ACADEMY Auditions will be held on:

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 1, 2019.

Applicants who submit in advance of the February 16 and March 9 audition dates will have the opportunity to receive an early admissions decision. Applicants who audition early will either be accepted at that time or deferred to April decisions.

All applicants will receive a final decision on their admissions status in mid-April.

The $2500 deposit is due no later than 21 days following an offer of acceptance.

Auditions will be scheduled following the receipt of The ACADEMY Application. 

In addition to the application form, Black Box requires two supplemental documents: a short personal artistic statement and one letter of recommendation. These must be received no later than two business days prior to the applicant’s audition date. If applicable, the Financial Aid Application must also be completed prior to the applicant’s audition date.

2019 ACADEMY Class Times:
June 3, 2019 – September 27, 2019
Classes will be held Monday through Friday.
The Daytime Ensemble will train from 10am-1pm.
The Evening Ensemble will train from 6:30pm-9:30pm.

Showcase Rehearsals:
September 30, 2019 – October 15, 2019
Rehearsals will be held Monday through Friday.
The Daytime Ensemble will rehearse between 9am and 2pm.
The Evening Ensemble will rehearse between 6:30pm and 10:30pm.
The Showcase Technical rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, October 16th both ensembles will be asked to hold 9:00am-10:00pm.

Final Showcase Weekend:
October 17-19, 2019 both ensembles will be asked to hold 9:00am-10:00pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

ACADEMY Orientation will be held at the beginning of the first day of classes – June 3, 2019 – at 10am and 6:30pm, respectively.

If you have any further questions after reviewing the above information, please contact our Admissions Department.