Northlight’s community engagement programs take many forms:

Northlight has customized partnerships with local organizations including YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Y.O.U., Family Focus, Evanston Scholars, Youth Jobs Center, the Illinois Holocaust Museum, and Skokie Public Library. Programs are tailored for each organization, and use theatre skills and activities for purposes such as building confidence, teaching self-care, or addressing community concerns.

Northlight provides free tickets to our partner organizations through our Arts for Everyone initiative.

Northlight’s Youth Council, the NLYC, is comprised of North Shore and Chicago teens who act as Northlight ambassadors within their peer community, while learning about all facets of professional theatre.

Arts for Everyone is a new initiative that provides free tickets to every production in our mainstage season.

Northlight hopes to help break down the barriers that keep anyone in our community from attending live theatre, starting with ticket cost. To begin, we will pilot this program with our existing partners including Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United), YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and Family Focus, and eventually expand to the Evanston and Skokie Public Libraries.

Northlight is committed to reaching a broader, more diverse audience and anticipates the Arts for Everyone program will help achieve this objective. For more information about Arts for Everyone, read our press release.


The Davee Foundation is a major supporter of Arts for Everyone.

The Northlight Youth Council, or NLYC, is a brand new opportunity for passionate North Shore and Chicago teens to help build the next generation of theatre  makers.

NLYC engages young adults in a variety of student-driven opportunities and allows them an up-close, inside look into the world of stage production. This program allows for members to attend Northlight performances, performances at other theatres, analyze and discuss the plays they see, do community service work, and plan and throw NLYC’s Spotlight events around each season production.




Applications to join our 2018-19 Youth Council are now closed.


Meeting Dates (6pm-8pm at Northlight):
September 6 & 20
October 4 & 18
November 1 & 15
December 6 & 20
January 17
February 7 & 21
March 7 & 21
April 4 & 18
May 2 & 16
June 6


Spotlight Dates (NLYC hosted events at Northlight):
October 5 at 7:30pm
November 17 at 2:30pm
February 2 at 2:30pm
March 23 at 2:30pm
May 18 at 2:30pm


Questions? Contact Director of Education & Community Engagement, Mara Stern at