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THE LIGHT YOUTH 2023 - 2024

The Light is an innovative youth program that invests in Chicagoland youth ages (14 - 19). The Light are outstanding youth artists and change-makers of exceptional message, skill and craft who are eager to be immersed in a deep artistic and scholarly mentorship as part of a year-long, paid creation and performance mentorship program. . The Light meet 2 - 3 times per week in the Summer, learning about the intersection of live performance and social change and creating new solo and ensemble work. Then, The Light will tour the city through select festival appearances and as a part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks Program.


We are seeking exceptional youth performance artists (actors, singers, poets, dancers, musicians, etc.) ages 14 - 19 who have a passion to inspire social change around a specific topic, such as racism, body positivity, mental health awareness, homelessness and more.

Youth are recruited to submit for a virtual audition

Audition, 4:00pm-7:00pm, location TBD

Rehearsal and Development - to take place from 10:00-2:30 on:

     June 20, 22, 27, 29

     July 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27

    August 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16

    Location TBD

2023-2024 SCHEDULE

Now - May 10

May 17

June 20 - Aug 16 

August 5

August 17-19

Performance at Kidzapalooza at Lollapalooza

Performance tour for Chicago Night Out in the Park



The Light will perform as a part of Kidzapalooza at Lollapalooza on August 5, 2023, and  The Light will also tour Hamilton Park (Englewood), Loyola Park (Rogers Park), and Lafollette Park (Austin) as part of Chicago Park District’s “Nights Out in the Parks”. This tour will be supported by Collaboraction’s staff of professional artists. Other performance opportunities this year are TBD. Last Summer The Light also performed at Navy Pier’s Fresh Fest and the Silver Room Block Party!


Each participant will be paid $18/hour for all rehearsals, performances, and production time. Pay is bi-monthly and processed by Collaboraction’s producers. It will come out to around $1500 for the Summer!






SUMMER IS HERE! In collaboration with our friends at Theatre Y, and produced by The Light, Summer Is Here is a celebration of Chicago Youth. Sign up for the open mic and dance competition below.