Speak Up Summit

Thank you for joining us for the 2023 Speak Up Summit!

The Speak Up Summit is an annual event that brings 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, hands-on workshops, the Summit is an opportunity to connect with other students across Chicagoland around the Speak Up themes of identity, community, and arts activism.

Please reach out to summit@northlight.org with any questions.
Speak Up 2023 Partner Schools: Eisenhower High School, Evanston Township High School, Hendricks Community Academy, Henderson Elementary, Johnson College Prep, Julian High School, Legacy Charter School, Marcus Garvey Elementary, Mays Elementary, Rauner College Prep and Southside Occupational Academy


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

unmute (the zine) 2023


unmute is a digital short magazine that showcases the artwork students created during their Speak Up residencies with Northlight Theatre. It’s an opportunity to share your ideas with the larger Chicago community and have your voice heard.

Read a past zine and get inspired here.