Grades 9-12

The Northlight Youth Council, or NLYC, is a free program at Northlight Theatre for passionate North Shore and Chicago teens in grades 9 through 12 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 Theatre performances, performances at other theaters, analyze and discuss the plays they see, meet professional working artists, and engage with their peers. NLYC members will not have to pay anything to participate in any of these activities.


TO APPLY please fill out the Application Form as well as have your Professional and Personal Recommendations completed. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Priority will be given to applications sent in by August 4, 2023.

NLYC Application: This should be filled out by you!

Professional Recommendation: This should be filled out by a teacher, guidance counselor, after school program leader, religious leader, etc. who can speak to your work ethic.

Personal Recommendation: This should be filled out by a friend or family member, who can speak to your personal character. This person cannot be a current member of NLYC.


Thursdays 6-7:30 PM CST at Northlight Theatre
September 7, 21
October 12
November 9
December 7, 21
January 11, 25
February 8, 22
March 7, 21
April 4, 18
May 2, 16, 30



If you missed the application deadline or have any questions, please contact Kristen Waagner, Community Engagement Manager at Northlight Theatre. Her email is and her office number is 847-324-1615.