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 local and regional agents, casting houses, and directors. ACADEMY graduates have signed with agents across the city, booked roles on network television shows, won awards, and appeared on stages across Chicago, including Steppenwolf, The Goodman, and many others.

The ACADEMY Class of 2023

Dates will be announced and applications will reopen for the class of 2023 later this fall.

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If you’d like to review the 2022 information for an approximation of next year’s program logistics, you’ll find that below.

The ACADEMY 2022 Logistics

Early Decision Application Deadline 1: JANUARY 14, 2022
Early Decision Application Deadline 2: FEBRUARY 25, 2022
General Admissions Application Deadline: APRIL 8, 2022.

Early Decision applicants will either receive a commitment of early acceptance or a deferral to April decisions. All general admissions applicants as well as early admissions deferred applicants will receive a final decision on their admissions status by the end of April.


To begin your application process, please fill out The ACADEMY Application — General Information Form. Once we receive this general application, a member of the admissions team will reach out to you to confirm the next steps of your application.

In order to consider your application, we must receive your remaining application materials by January 14, February 25, or April 8 respectively depending on which deadline you are applying for. The remaining materials include:

Our admissions team will review your application on a rolling basis as soon as we receive all components. If we are able to move forward with your application, we will schedule an interview and an update on your application status will come following your interview.

Financial Information:
The ACADEMY tuition is $9000. The application fee is $25. The $2500 deposit is due no later than 10 days following an offer of acceptance. If you cannot meet this 10-day deposit timeline, please fill out the Financial Aid Application.

An offer of acceptance will include our standard payment plan options (with the 2021 dates for reference):

Payment Date Option A Option B Option C Option D
Deposit Date $9000 $2500 $2500 $2500
June 17, 2022 $6500 $3250 $1625
July 22, 2022 $1625
Aug 26, 2022 $3250 $1625
Sept 16, 2022 $1625

Limited Financial aid is available. Not all applications will qualify. To apply for financial aid, click here.

2022 ACADEMY Class Times:
June 6, 2022 – September 30, 2022
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:
October 3, 2022 – October 18, 2022
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.

Filming, Performances, and Graduation:
October 19-22, 2022 both ensembles will be asked to hold 9:00am-10:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

ACADEMY Orientation will be held at the beginning of the first day of classes – June 6, 2022 – at 10am and 6:30pm, respectively.

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