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Education Programs

Northlight Theatre’s education programming is built on the belief that self-expression, creative thought, and confidence are the keys to well-being.  We believe the arts teach these skills by encouraging reflective thought, discipline, and collaboration.

Build a Play

Learning the Fundamentals


Grades K-12

In this residency program, students explore the fundamentals of acting through a curriculum that emphasizes collaboration and play. Students will adapt and perform a familiar narrative into a new story. This before- , during-, or after- school program can be custom-designed to meet each school's needs.

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The Summit

Celebrating Young Artists


Grades 6-12

The Speak Up Summit is an opportunity to bring together students from our Speak Up residency programs to celebrate young artists and amplify the issues and communities that matter to them.

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Speak Up

Theatre for Social Change


Grades 6-12

Speak Up is a theatre for social change residency that asks students to address issues impacting their community, bringing current events into the classroom and fostering social responsibility. Through the process of creating an original performance addressing topical issues, students use their voices to engage their peers in building positive change in their community.

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Student Matinees

Experiencing Live Theatre


Experience the Magic of Live Theatre

Students can attend matinees of our mainstage productions! All matinees include a study guide to help teachers better prepare their students for the show.

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Northlight Youth Council

Next Generation of Theatre Makers


Grades 9-12

The Northlight Youth Council, or NLYC, is an 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.

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