The Light

Call for Youth Work Submissions

Collaboraction is seeking submissions of short plays, devised theatre, dance, spoken word and performance from throughout the Chicagoland area for our upcoming youth festival, THE LIGHT. We are looking for young people, aged 21 and under, to submit work that not only exposes the talent and power of Chicago’s young artists, but also uses the festival as a platform for art as activism. 

Pieces must be 5 minutes (minimum) to 7 minutes (maximum) in length. All work must be original.


With The Light, we will provide a safe space where young artists can showcase performances and art that has a message and purpose with a focus on bold creativity, authentic voice and social justice. Each performance will conclude with a Crucial Conversation around the themes of the performances. Each show is supported with a full production team and artist stipends.


Performances will take place in July 9-12, 2020 at the Pentagon Theatre at Collaboraction Studios, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. 

Submission Deadline EXTENDED: January 1, 2020 11:59pm (CST)

Works will be selected and awarded festival slots by May 2020.


Please click the button below to fill out the submission form.

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The Light

Awarded the 2020 Foster Innovation Award
Awarded the 2020 Multiracial Unity Award of the Racial Justice Task Force
Awarded a 2018 Otto Award for groundbreaking political theatre