Our Philosophy:

Northlight utilizes theatre in its broadest capacity to act as a conduit between us and our community. Our programs fulfill self-identified needs within that community using applicable theatre skills and resources. These dynamic engagement and outreach initiatives align with Northlight’s mission of reflecting our community to the world and the world to our community.


Our Partnerships:

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.


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Northlight’s Community Engagement Programming is supported in part by:

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.