Discover an acting boarding school unlike any other

Have you dreamed of taking the stage in a leading role? Singing and dancing your heart out in a musical? Producing an award-winning play? Whatever your creative ambitions are, you'll find the space to flourish at Interlochen Arts Academy.

What does Interlochen Arts Academy have to offer?

As a student at Arts Academy, you'll spend half of your school day immersed in theatre in a safe environment where you're encouraged to take risks. Depending on your theatre track, you'll have the opportunity to hone your acting technique, learn every aspect of design and production, and become a versatile performer.

Immerse yourself in the world of theatre

  • Perform in two of our nine annual productions, plus a one-act festival, each year
  • Study with faculty who have established careers in theatre with expertise in classical productions, modern dramatic repertoire, and musicals
  • Work collaboratively with other arts majors including acting in student films, voicing animations, designing sets, and more
  • Experience learning outside the classroom through hands-on professional projects and national touring opportunities
  • Past productions include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Matilda the Musical, An American in Paris, The Women of Lockerbie, and many more acclaimed titles

Areas of Focus

Interlochen Arts Academy offers two concentrations under the Film & New Media Division: Filmmaking and Animation.

Musical Theatre

Become a versatile, well-rounded actor as you take a combination of voice, dance, and acting classes and perform in fully staged musicals and plays.



Within the Acting track, you'll take classes on technique, voice, and movement, and have the opportunity to perform in full-staged productions, student films, and interdisciplinary projects.


Design & Production

Develop the conceptual and the practical skills needed to bring a stage performance to life. You'll study stage management, costume and set design, lighting and sound operations, and other concepts of stagecraft.

An Exceptional Four–Year Journey

Our team of faculty, advisors, and school counselors are dedicated to ensuring your four years at Interlochen are transformational and enriching, and that you are successful at Interlochen and beyond.

Our students enjoy:

  • Group Bonding and Friendship-Building Activities: Go on fun field trips, get involved in recreational activities, and make new friends at social events.
  • Weekly Advisory Group: Work with peers and an adult advisor on an age-specific curriculum that covers sleep hygiene, social-emotional skills, goal-setting, and more.
  • College Preparation and Standardized Testing: Get a head-start in 9th and 10th grade through workshops and with your very own academic and college counselor to ensure you are on the best path for your future.
  • Daily Support: Enjoy 24-hour, on-site support from our team of highly qualified Instructors of Residence Life in age-specific residence halls.
  • Plus: All students have access to assisted study and tutoring services, the Writing Center, mental health counselors, Health Services, and the Dennison Center for Recreation and Wellness.

Get the most out of your Interlochen experience. Here, you'll have the support you need to thrive in this vibrant creative community as you pursue your interests, passions, and goals within and beyond high school.

Where the arts and academics connect

Interlochen Arts Academy offers a challenging and comprehensive college-preparatory program with dual credit and AP courses offered. The academic curriculum includes courses in math, sciences, English, history, political science, and world language. Our holistic, integrated academic and arts education prepares you for a life of purpose and promise within—and beyond—the arts.


Graduates attend:

Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Boston University
California Institute of the Arts
Carnegie Mellon University
Colorado State University
Cornell University
DePaul University
Florida State University
Fordham University
George Washington University
Harvard University
Howard University
Indiana University
The Juilliard School
Kent State University
Kenyon College
Manhattan School of Music
The New School
New York University
Pace University
Purchase College State University of New York
And many more top institutions

On average, Arts Academy students who attend for four years receive nearly double the national average in college scholarship awards.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Interlochen is located in the northwest corner of Michigan's lower peninsula. We are a four hour drive from Detroit, and about a five hour drive from Chicago. Our region is served by Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), which offers multiple daily flights to and from Chicago and Detroit, and seasonal service to/from Minneapolis, New York City, and Newark.

All applications for Interlochen Arts Academy are submitted online. During the application process, you'll need to provide transcripts from the last three years, contact information for a school principal or guidance counselor, optional contact information for a non-family member recommender, and optional SSAT test scores. If you are an international applicant, English language testing results are required through DuoLingo.

You'll also need to submit an audition or portfolio to show your artistic readiness.

November 15 | Early Application Deadline: Space is limited. Applying early gives you the opportunity to find out if you're accepted before the next wave of applicants, and gives you priority consideration for your artistic major and financial aid opportunities. Early decisions are sent in December.

January 15 | Regular Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, space is limited so it's recommended to complete your application by this deadline.

Depending on your track (Acting, Design & Production, or Musical Theatre) you'll be required to upload a video introduction so we can learn more about who you are as an artist, and additional videos or creative samples will be required. We recommend that you sign up to learn more, start an application, or visit our website for more detailed information.

Interlochen Arts Academy is committed to making an arts education accessible, and we believe each and every talented student who is offered admission should be able to attend. Nearly 80% of Interlochen’s incoming students are awarded financial aid, a percentage that is over 30% higher than many competing schools. Arts Academy offers both talent scholarships and need-based assistance. Completing a financial aid application will not affect your admission decision.

Since Interlochen exists to help artists develop and improve, it is most important that students showcase potential to learn and a capacity for continued growth. Students are not expected to be "perfect."

We recommend that you learn more about Interlochen, visit our campus, or apply.

Every person is different. Some people might be terribly homesick, and some might not be homsick at all–both are okay and normal. It's important to remember, all students are living away from home for the first time. You will have friends to learn alongside with. We have supports in our residence life program to help you thrive including counseling services, organized activities with your dorm, a life skills program, and more.

Every student has an Instructor of Residence Life (IRL) who is their main point of contact when they have questions, concerns, or need different support. The IRL is a faculty member who lives in the same hall as the students. Parents are encouraged to keep in touch with their student's IRL and partner with them.

A dedicated orientation session is held for all parents at the start of the school year.

What People Are Saying

"Coming to Interlochen and seeing the students who were committing to it as if it was their life's calling opened my eyes. Everyone in this company challenges each other. I think that's more valuable than any sense of training you could receive: being in a community that really inspires you to reach for something higher. At Arts Academy, I can fill every minute of every hour with theatre—doing what I love. And I can honestly say I do not regret the decision to come here for one second."

Peter C., Theatre major