Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Michigan Shores Club

Northlight Theatre’s Board of Trustees proudly presents the Theatre’s premier fundraising event for the 2019-20 Season. Mark you calendars for a delightful evening with Northlight! Dance the night away to the music of Chicago’s own The Flat Cats plus enjoy delicious food and cocktails. Join us as we celebrate Northlight’s commitment to providing intensely entertaining theatre and so much more to the community we call home.

Tickets to Setting the Stage are now available:
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Northlight Theatre distinguishes itself in the landscape of Chicago theatre through its compelling and compassionate work onstage and dynamic and impactful work off-stage. We invite you to embrace our mission of using theatre to build strong communities.

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Leadership Award

Awardee: Jay Lytle

Jay Lytle is a native of Evanston who has lived his life in service to the community.  After a long career in banking he co-founded Evanston-First Bank and Trust (now Byline Bank) in 1995. The bank, grew to over $1 billion in assets under Jay’s leadership as a Managing Director and Chief Lending Officer. Jay is a true public servant serving first as an Evanston alderman and then Mayor for 12 years from 1977-1985. He has served on Committees, Boards and Advisory Boards at more than two dozen non-profit organizations, and currently volunteers at eight non-profits including as a member of Northlight’s Advisory Council. Jay has received numerous honors and awards and Northlight is pleased to recognize him as an advocate for our community and Northlight Theatre.

Speak Up! Award

Awardees: State Senator Laura Fine, State Representative Robyn Gabel and State Representative Jennifer Gong Gershowitz

These strong representatives recently helped Northlight set the stage for our move to Evanston in 2021 by advocating for a nearly $1M state allocation to make Northlight’s dream of a new theater home a reality. Laura Fine began her first full term as the State Senator of the 9th District in 2019. She was previously the state representative for the 17th District.  Robyn Gabel has represented the people of the 18th District since 2010, and currently serves as the Chair of Appropriations of the Human Services Committee. Jennifer Gong Gershowitz is a human rights attorney who joined the State Senate in January 2019 representing the people of the 17th District. Northlight honors these women for their leadership and advocacy on behalf of Northlight Theatre.

Learn more about the awards here.

Gala 2019 Sponsors:


Underwriting Sponsor





Legacy Sponsors
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Landmark Sponsors

Northwestern University







Photos by Michael Courier