founded in 2012 by Dana Armstrong and Mansie O’Leary, with the ideology of education through the arts. Our staff is highly educated and talented in their fields. All employees of Infinity Arts Academy have been fingerprinted and background checked, and they have all participated in the Virtus training offered by the Archdiocese of Chicago. We make sure your children are safe with us.
Infinity Arts Academy is a performing arts training company for students ages 5 and up. Our Theatre / Film programming focuses on developing a solid foundation for performance technique in voice, acting, and dance for stage and motion pictures. Our safe and fun learning environment fosters discipline, teamwork, respect, confidence, and character.
We are a year round company, dividing the year into 3 sessions: Fall, Spring, and Summer. During the sessions we offer three performance companies, classes, and private lessons. IAA also partners with Chicagoland schools for provide after school performing arts programming.
Dana Armstrong, Executive Director / founder, her passion has always been teaching. Dana holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Education and a M.A. in Theatre Education and Outreach from the University of Arizona. She worked for 10 years with the Live Theatre Workshop, as the Director of Education as well as a Director, Actor, and Stage Manager. She was the site manager and Theatre Instructor for Project Shine, an after-school project placed in four low performing schools in order to raise their reading and math skills. She has worked in a number of schools providing workshops, classes, and full after-school curriculum in the arts. Her teaching philosophy includes a passion for lifelong learning, fun and acceptance in the classroom while creating rich theatre experiences that balance structure and high expectations, with fun and performance.
Mansie O'Leary, Creative Director / Costume Designer, has spent over 15 years as a costume designer. Many of her designs have been seen on television, at Disneyworld, Taste of Polonia, and on the national and international competitive athletic stage. She spends her time designing for competitive figure skaters and rhythmic gymnasts, as well as for the theatre and touring troupes. She had been resident costume designer for The Entertainment Project, and has designed for the St. Sebastian Players, the Evanston Children’s Theater, the Deerfield Family Theater, Gorilla Tango Theater, and Mayer Kaplan JCC Theater. O’Leary attended the University of Illinois- Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and studied set and lighting design with Micheal Whitfield, as well as costume design under Susan Benson. In addition, her musical studies include nearly a decade of classical piano training, as well as classical vocal training under Gwendolyn Manter-Seminara. For years she enjoyed her time in front of the camera as one of Chicago’s most sought after ear-trained actresses for industrial and training films. For nearly 20 years, O’Leary operated a marketing and advertising firm specializing in high-end residential projects and special events throughout Lake, DuPage, Will and Cook Counties. As executive creative head and producer, she also prepared clients for presentation and testimony. She has won numerous awards for her philanthropic work and team building skills.
Kevin Lucero Less, Creator / Director of IAA Films, with over 20+ years of professional motion picture, television, and stage experience. he graduated BA from the american academy of dramatic arts los angeles california, and was invited into the prestigious conservatory company in 1999. he also graduated BFA summa cum laude honors from the university of arizona school of art in 2003, graduate CMT with distinction from the touch therapy institute at the notional holistic institute Los angeles in 2001, graduate Certification Line Producer from the hollywood film institute in 2013. Further fine art studies at University of colorado, san francisco state university, metropolitan state university, butte college, and pima college.
A versatile award winning stage / film / television actor, he has performed in more than 100+ professional productions, garnering nearly 2,000 performances including: wormwood A German Expressionistic Dystopia, Little Shop of Horrors, three graces, magical musical machine, the servant of two masters, 12 ophelias, the unconqured, no darkness round my stone (Performink nomination), dimly perceived threats to the system, death trap (ovation best actor nomination), oleanna (reprise), sylvia (ovation best actor winner, MAC nomination), the glass menagerie (ovation best actor nomination), dial m for murder (ovation best actor nomination, reprise), black coffee, who's afraid of virginia wolf, Dial M for Murder, tartuffe, knock 'em dead (clara best actor winner), over the river and through the woods (Clara best actor nomination), a thing of beauty, mounted and pinned (Best Actor Winner), giants have us in their books, into the woods, glengarry glen ross, ways and means, burn this, big knife, working, suddenly last summer, flaubert's latest, the sacred dance of yellow thunder, the vanishing act, walking on the moon, moon over buffalo, bagel thieves, the bottomless cup, vegas skies, eternal, hot-lines, the perfect ending, battle of the network stars, alky, butterflies are free, the passion play, the review, the dutchman, ubu roi, south pacific, mixed green, and many more.
Selected official selections: Move me (sundance, silverlake, sundance institute at brooklyn academy of music, cine vegas, tucson film and music, HoCo, apple ITunes, sundance channel, academy awards qualifier), ordinary day (The Great American Film Project Austin winner best screenplay, ION, eurasian almaty Kazakhstan, LA international, arizona international, academy awards qualifier), food for thought (dixie nomination outstanding original story / screenplay, reno nomination best short film, arizona international, new york city 24 hour, night at the cinema), sunday morning (phoenix winner best director, winner best cinematographer), a beautifully controlled study of provincial melancholy (boston, north shore winner best film), passover (malibu, bloomsbury park, brooks barrow gallery milwaukee), kiss your ass goodbye (fight night, strange behavior, dead pit horror radio, fox micro cine, american horrors, indie pix network), alpha (pittsburgh horror and convention), 16th street (johns hopkins), kiss of night (new orleans, new mexico winner best director, chicago horror), twin lakes (oshkosh), woyzeck (scienema, glasgow), the fatherless (columbia NUFF honorable mention, kodak challenge finalist), distorted reality (north shore winner best actor, the loft challenge winner best film, back alley), the last man (japan, china, korea distribution), re-en-act-ment (art center highland park), a city to make me (san luis argentina comic con), stormbringer (mise en scene), we want (24 hour chicago), Esperanto (Vancouver Fringe) and many more.
Selected Awards: Ovation award, silver stage award, oxford award, clara award, golden shore award, reel award, helen gross memorial award, lionel rombach award, top honor award art center highland park, honorable mention art center highland park, summa cum laude honors, dean's list, membership golden key international honors society, membership gamma beta phi honors society.
Selected permanent collections: tucson museum of art, iowa biennial print archive, museum of contemporary art tucson, americas biennial research archives, AMR corporation, less and williams LLP, and the university of arizona.
selected exhibitions: albuquerque Museum of art, sundance film festival, tucson museum of art, tribeca film festival, museum of contemporary art tucson, sundance institute at BAM, the art institute chicago, mesa contemporary arts, plus gallery, brooks barrow gallery, city hall highland park, eye lounge, anne loucks gallery, the arvada center, the field museum, evanston art center, the art center highland park, san luis argentina comic con, lessedra gallery bulgaria, dinnerware gallery, union gallery, todd walker gallery, cortesi project space, shane house gallery, pima arts council gallery, lionel rombach gallery, invisible theatre gallery, st. phillips plaza, pastiche gallery, solar culture gallery, upper crust gallery, where art thou gallery, joseph gross gallery, and Hillman projects city of highland park.
selected television: sundance channel, IFC, ACTV, NBC, CBS, BBC, BBC America, USA Network, Insp, Time Life, and Indie Pix.
selected publishing and distribution: new american paintings, travel +leisure, shade, the hollywood reporter, sundance channel, apple iTunes, indie plex, indie pix, IFC, encore, BBC, BBC America, ACTV, studio visit, tucson home, and persona.
selected educator: tucson museum of art art school, de paul college prep, gordon tech prep, fine arts youth academy, arts express, the art center highland park, TEP Chicago, and infinity arts academy.
founder and artistic director of halo oNE productions, and dystopiascope films UK.
Currently on exhibition: "Into the Night: modern and contemporary art and the nocturne tradition" Tucson Museum of art, February 27 - July 10, 2016.
Currently on stage: "Wormwood: A german expressionistic dystopia" the art center - highland park, october 28 - november 6, 2016.
Currently on stage: "Surrounded by Leaves" IAA - chicago, November 3 - November 11, 2017.