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Ralla Klepak 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.


Northlight is grateful to the Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing Arts for their generous support which provides resources to our community’s youth to engage with our theatre arts education programs.

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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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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Season Access

Experiencing Live Theatre

Grades 5-12

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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Master Class

Exploring Advanced Topics

Grades K–12

This residency is designed to integrate core curriculum with advanced theatre arts topics. A Northlight Teaching Artist comes to the classroom for a more in-depth experience with topics such as stage combat, playwriting, musical theatre, improv, theatre design and more. Programs can be designed to run one to three class sessions.

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Arts for Everyone

Breaking Down Barriers

For the Community

Arts for Everyone is an 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.

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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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