ACADEMY Logistics

The 2020 ACADEMY will still begin in June as planned. During these uncertain times, we have extended the application deadline to April 17th, the March 18th in-person auditions are canceled and we are accepting tapes instead, we will be monitoring advisories for our April 4th date, we may add an audition date following our new extended deadline, and we will offering the option to tape auditions throughout the extended application period. 

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 signed with agents across the city, booked roles on network television shows, won awards, and appeared on stages across Chicago, including Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Lookingglass, Steep and many others.


The ACADEMY 2020 Logistics

Audition and Admission Information:
2020 ACADEMY Auditions will be held on:

Monday, January 13, 2020
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020  we will be accepting taped auditions in lieu of this in-person date and extending the taped audition option throughout the now extended application period. 
Saturday, April 4, 2020*

*Subject to change or switch to tapes only as we monitor recommendations and best practices in light of COVID-19.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until APRIL 17, 2020.

Applicants who submit in advance of the January 13 and February 22 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.

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.

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. An offer of acceptance will include our standard payment plan options:

Payment Date Option A Option B Option C Option D
21 Days After Offer $9000 $2500 $2500 $2500
June 12, 2020 $6500 $3250 $1625
July 17, 2020 $1625
August 14, 2020 $3250 $1625
September 11, 2020 $1625


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

2020 ACADEMY Class Times:
June 1, 2020 – September 25, 2020
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 28, 2020 – October 13, 2020
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 14 and both ensembles will be asked to hold 9:00am-10:00pm.

Final Showcase Weekend:
October 15-17, 2020 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 1, 2020 – at 10am and 6:30pm, respectively.

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