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!
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.
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.
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.
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.