The light

A Chicago Youth Theatre Festival 



July 11-14, 2019

at the Pentagon Theatre for Social Justice

at Collaboraction Studios - 1579 North Milwaukee Ave in Chicago

Engage with the powerful work of Chicago's youth artists. The Light, a Chicago Youth Theatre Festival, is a collection of short plays, devised theatre, dance, spoken word and performance created by youth from throughout the Chicagoland area using art as a platform for activism. Experience the talent and power of Chicago’s young artists!

The festival features two programs of work - Radiance and Brilliance - that perform in repertory. Buy a ticket for one program or a festival pass that covers both programs!

Heal You

Written and performed by Teh’Ray Hale Jr.

A dance piece that inspires dreamers to push past their fears.


Chicken Scratch of My Mother Tongue

Written and performed by Aria Mallare

Mallare’s poetic homage to cultural diversity in America and its effect on individuals.


Once Upon a Southside

Choreographed by Enneressa Davis

Performed by Praize Productions

Through the form of dance, Davis tells the story and celebrates the life of Southside Chicago.


Welcome to Limbo

Written and performed by Crystal Alagna

Performed by Ethan Akins & Gabari Ware

The Collaboraction Peacemakers return to explore social issues and the ways in which we do or do not contribute to them.


Mind Over Matter

Written and performed by June

A music experience to uplift the spirit and inspire awareness towards issues of violence, healing from trauma, and loving with respect.


Set The Example

Written and directed by Lead Youth Montiara Davis 

Performed by The Example Setters

A spoken word piece by teens who want to set the example in the city of Chicago.

Nursery Rhymes

Written and performed by Veronica Perkins

Perkins’s spoken word piece addresses police brutality and the injustices in the black community.



Written and performed by Isabel Bravo & Sophia Bastounes

Through musical theatre, Bravo and Bastounes share their experience with love and healthy relationships.


For The Peace of The Land

Written and performed by Antwon Funches

A poem exposing how American history bleeds into current day issues, creating a constant cycle of violence.


I Can Be All That I Can Believe

Written and lead vocals by Earl Hester

Performed by Ericka Robinson & Raeyanna Dyson

A trifecta of poetry, song and dance centered on empowerment and pushing through doubt.


Chicago: A Variation of Sandusky

Written and performed by Dani Mauleon

Directed by Debbie Baños

Mauleon tells the story of immigration services as an undocumented individual living in the U.S.A.


Heal CTA

Devised by Elenna Sindler, Sophia Pietrkowski & T’Yanna Smith

Performed by T’Yanna Smith

After experiencing a traumatic event, a community helps a young woman heal on public transportation.


Happy Place

Written and performed by Ella Rae Pickney

A song about being there for someone during a tough time and letting them know that they can count on you.


When They Come Around

Written and performed by Stella Delgado Moseley

A combination of aerial silks and spoken word helps Moseley to push through fear and be brave.




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Winner of a 2018 Otto Award for groundbreaking political theatre