Naperville, IL

(630) 243-5100

Same Programming, New Name! Academy of the Arts is now Illinois Conservatory for the Arts

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impact • june 10–14

impact • August 5–9

Category: Artist Profiles

Meet Broadway’s Samantha Pauly

As 14-year-old Joshua Sanchez prepares to start high school, he took time out to interview one of his biggest idols, Samantha Pauly. The Naperville student is a massive fan of the hit show Six the Musical, so was thrilled to speak to her majesty Katherine Howard via Zoom.

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Triple Threat: One Man’s Artistic Journey Through Creative Responsibility

Our Studio classes give students a taste of what’s to come when we open our Academy, but in an after school setting. They enjoy dance, acting, improvisation and writing. In our Exploring a Career in the Arts through Writing course, students practiced interview techniques before getting the opportunity to interview some of their idols over Zoom.

Thirteen-year-old Maya Meschi from Naperville was thrilled to interview triple threat James T. Lane just before he opened in his own one man show off-Broadway. Like James Maya loves to dance, act and write, so who knows, one day she may be a triple threat herself!

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Back to the Future

While young people planning a future career in dance are looking forward, experienced dancer and teacher Fana Tesfagiorgis knows that one day they’ll look back and see how far they’ve come. The Alvin Ailey artist talks about her career path while offering some advice to those about to put their best foot forward.

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The Green Room: Erika Henningsen

A masterclass with Mean Girls actress Erika Henningsen was one of the highlights of our July Impact Musical Theater camp. Now Erika’s preparing to star as entrepreneur Joy Mangano in a new musical which we hope is Broadway bound.

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The Green Room: Zonya Love

A performing arts education may build a good foundation for a career in the limelight, but the act of learning never stops. From singing in

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session 1 • june 10–14, 2024

session 2 • August 5–9, 2024

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