Speak Up Summit

The Speak Up Summit is an opportunity to bring together students from our Speak Up residency schools to celebrate young artists and amplify the issues and communities that matter to them. Featuring live performances, guest artist workshops, and an opportunity to connect with other students across Chicagoland around the Speak Up themes of identity, community, and arts activism.

The Summit is FREE for all Speak Up partner schools and bus reimbursements are available.

Students and chaperones will also be provided with lunch at the theatre.


Speak Up Summit was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing Arts.

Registration is now closed.

Summit @ Northlight Theatre

9501 Skokie Blvd. Skokie, IL

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 10am – 1pm

Join us at the theatre for an afternoon of live performances, interactive workshops, and interschool dialogue around how the arts can be a force for positive social change.

The Summit is FREE for all Speak Up partner schools and bus reimbursements are available. Students and chaperones will also be provided with lunch at the theatre.

Please reach out to Christina at clepri@northlight.org with any questions.

Guide to the 2022 Speak Up Summit
If You Can Hear My Voice

Download the full guide and media release form.

What is the Speak Up Summit?
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. Featuring live performances, guest artist workshops, and an opportunity to connect with other students across Chicagoland around the Speak Up themes of identity, community, and arts activism.

What is the schedule for the day?
The Summit will last from 10am – 1pm on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022. 

We recommend schools arrive between 10:00am-10:30am as the Neo-Futurists’ performance will start promptly at 10:30am. The doors to the theatre will open for schools as early as 9:30am and there will be pre-show arts activities in the lobby that students can participate in upon arrival. A more detailed Summit schedule can be found on our website

What are the students doing in the workshops?
After the performance and talkback, students will break out into different rooms with their workshop groups of 15-20 students. In the workshop, they will participate in theatre activities in response to the Neo Futurists show and the theme of the summit, If You Can Hear My Voice. Over the course of the workshop we will explore the question, “How can we use our artistic voices to share who we are, where we come from, and what we want our communities to look like?”  

How will students be broken into workshop groups?
One of the goals of the Summit is to create space for inter school art-making and conversation around the themes of Speak Up (identity, community, and arts activism). However we know that coming to a new place and being asked to be creative in front of strangers can be intimidating and may not support all learners. Schools can request for their students to participate in the workshop with just other students from their classroom and/or school. 

Who is going to be leading the Summit?
Northlight staff along with our cohort of professional Teaching Artists will be leading the Summit. Other staff present include our theatre production staff who will be running the sound and light boards and the Guest Artists.   

Summit 2022 Staff
You can find their bios on our website

Teaching Artists
Abaigael O’Donnell
Abby Thompson
Dinah Berkeley
Edmund O’Brien
Gus Thomas
Juniper Jones
Kelsey Chigas
Nate Cohen
Tia Jemison
Tyra Bullock

Northlight Staff
Christina Lepri
Ruben Carrazana
Alexi Siegel
Eric Smith

Bus Reimbursement
The Summit is entirely free for schools and students to participate in and Northlight is able to reimburse you for the number buses you requested in your registration form. We are happy to work with you on the easiest way to process that reimbursement. The two simplest options would be: 

  1. To have the bus company send the invoice directly to Northlight and we will pay the invoice. 
  2. To have the school pay the bus company and then have the school submit the receipt for reimbursement from Northlight

Northlight will need all final receipts or invoices by June 1, 2022. 

Media Release for Permission slips
Northlight will be taking photos of the summit to share with our funders and future schools. A media release for students is attached at the end of this guide. 

Student Goodie Bags
Students will be given a goodie bag at the end of the day to encourage them to continue using their artistic voices. The bags will include: 

  • Notebooks and fun pens/pencils
  • Stickers
  • A candy treat (no peanuts) 

There will also be an option lunch scavenger hunt where students can win additional prizes including a treat bag and gift cards. 

COVID policies
As of 4/18/2022, Northlight is requiring all students, chaperones, and staff to be fully masked for the duration of the Summit (with the exception of unmasking for lunch). The only exception will be for the Guest Artist performers who will be onstage at least 15’ away from the nearest row of students.

Getting to the Theatre
Northlight Theatre is located at 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie, IL, inside the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. We are just east of the I-94 Edens Expressway (across from Westfield Old Orchard shopping center) – easily accessible from Chicago as well as the North and Northwest suburbs.  

DIRECTIONS
From Chicago: Take I-94 west and exit at Old Orchard Road (east). Proceed east on Old Orchard Road to Skokie Boulevard . Turn right (south) onto Skokie Boulevard. After the intersection of Golf Road and Skokie Boulevard , make a left turn at the traffic light (Foster Ave).

Bus Parking
Buses will be able to park in the Athletico Physical Therapy parking lot just behind the main theatre parking lot.

Media Release Form
Your student is participating in an arts education program with Northlight Theatre.  Northlight Theatre is a certified, nonprofit, equity theatre located in Skokie, Illinois.   The Speak Up Summit is an opportunity to bring together students from our Speak Up residency programs in an afternoon with a free theatre performance, workshops, and arts activities. 

Download the full guide and media release form.


Please reach out to Christina at clepri@northlight.org with any questions.

Speak Up Summit 2022 – If You Can Hear My Voice

Schedule

Tuesday, May 3rd
10:00am – 1:00pm
At Northlight Theatre

Time Description
10:00am 

 

Students arrive!
There will be an Interactive art piece in inner lobby as students are getting seated inside the theatre.
10:30am  Live Performance in the theater by an invited guest artist. 
11:00am  Arts Workshop: Part One
In small groups, students will work with artists to create original art inspired by the theme of this year’s Summit, If You Can Hear My Voice. Students will be guided through interdisciplinary arts practices (poetry, performance, visual arts, etc.) to spark some joy, reflect on the year, and practice creative self-expression.
11:50am Lunch*
Lunch for students and chaperones will be provided by Northlight Theatre
12:20pm  Arts Workshop: Part Two
Students will return to their small groups to complete their artwork. 
1:00pm End of Day. Students dismissed to buses.

Download a PDF of the schedule.

Created by Jasmine Jordan and Gus Thomas

unmute (the zine)!

unmute is a digital zine that showcases the artwork students created during their Speak Up residencies with Northlight Theatre throughout the school year. The first issue was published in the Summer of 2021 and is available for free online and at some local bookstores.

Read the Zine


If you would like to submit to our 2022 zine, please click the link below to fill out the submission form. The submission deadline is May 6, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact clepri@northlight.org.

Submission Form