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: Theater

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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Star Turn

Why two-time Tony nominee Rob McClure says Broadway should be a stop on the journey, not the final destination.

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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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Up Close and Personal

As if Halloween weren’t scary enough, Academy of the Arts students found themselves in the middle of a unique situation when they were asked to perform just inches away from an ever-changing audience. Naper Settlement’s All Hallows Eve turned out to be the perfect place to blend their acting and improv skills as they brought to life Hansel and Gretel: A Twisted Fairytale.

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Broadway Baby

When 10-year-old Layla Cummings took part in a mock audition with renowned Broadway casting director Merri Sugarman at our Impact Musical Theater Camp in July,

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Class Act

Actor and writer Galen Williams has always been a big believer in education. “I’ve always loved it and being in a position to further educational

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session 1 • june 10–14, 2024

session 2 • August 5–9, 2024

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The Pilot Program for ICA’s K-12 day school is launching Fall 2025.

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