• Provide excellence in performing arts training and education
  • Build, engage, inspire, and educate our students through the power of music, theater, and dance
  • Present the highest caliber of artistic expression that enriches our students, entertains audiences, and motivates our community


OVATION Academy provides the highest quality of training and instruction in the arts, encouraging excellence, enthusiasm, professionalism and passion in our students. Ovation believes every child should have access to high quality arts education, and that the arts inspire creativity, intellectual development, confidence, team-work, discipline, enthusiasm, active living, and leadership in our children and youth. Ovation programming will train students to be life-long learners in the performing arts. For students wishing to prepare for potential performing arts career paths, Ovation provides fundamental training in music, theatre, dance, musical theatre, and soon, behind the scenes. Ovation offers classes in group vocal training, acting tools, musical theater, audition techniques, tap, jazz, hip hop, improv and a variety of audition and training workshops. Our Pre School program is structured to get children moving, thinking, singing and using creative play and their imaginations!

Our team of dynamic instructors is passionate about what they do! Instructors at the Ovation Academy are directors, vocal coaches, working actors, and choreographers who are actively engaged in the arts on a local, national, and international scale. It is that experience that makes the difference in inspiring, sharing and teaching excellence! In addition to regular classes students will also have the opportunity to experience guest teachers, and special workshops from experienced actors, musicians, choreographers and directors in the industry. All of our instructors have a love for young people and a love and passion for the arts!

Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts promotes a friendly, noncompetitive learning environment where all students can gain valuable skills and develop individually. The experience in all our classes is fun, challenging, and rewarding and the memories for each student and their families will last a lifetime! We welcome you to browse our website, register for classes and invite you to join us as we embark on an incredible adventure in performing arts training!




The evolution of Ovation Academy began in 2007, when four passionate teachers dedicated to the growth of young people through the power of performing arts -- Tina Reynolds, Valerie Sokol, Linda Powell and Michael Jones - created a program to provide young people with a theatrical experience that would foster and educate the importance of excellence, hard work and artistic expression and appreciation. In 2011, Tina Reynolds revived Ovation when she reshaped it into a successful musical theater experience for dedicated high school artists who wanted access to professional training and a high-caliber performing arts outlet.

Ms. Reynolds, who since 2003 has been Artistic Director of BRAVO at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Oak Park, Ill., and built it into a successful and award-winning program, had a vision to expand the mission of the Ovation program to meet the growing demand for performing arts education and training.

With the support of a dedicated community, a new partnership with Sally Prescott, Marcia Frank and Paul Beckwith, Ms. Reynolds opened Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts in October 2014 at its own stand-alone facility in Oak Park, where children and youth ages 4-18 in the western suburbs and throughout Chicago have year-round access to performing arts training and education.



The arts foster young imaginations and facilitate children's success in school. They provide the critical thinking, communications and innovation skills essential to a productive 21st-century work force.


The arts create a welcoming sense of place and a desirable quality of life. The arts also support a strong democracy, engaging citizens in civic discourse, dramatizing important issues and encouraging collective problem solving.

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