Engage with the powerful work of Chicago's youth artists. The Light, a Chicago Youth Theatre Festival, is a collections 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!
Chicken Scratch of My Mother Tongue
by Aria Mallare
A poetic homage to cultural diversity in America and its effect on individuals.
Color Me Bad
by Anah Ambuchi and Nadia Simms
A play about colorism in chronological order of its origins and its current day existence.
by Teh’Ray Hale Jr.
A dance piece about the inspiration of dreamers to push past their fears.
Live and In People
by Eric Fetty
A satirical stand-up comedy show about relevant issues in today’s society.
Mind Over Matter
by Aisha June
A music experience about healing from trauma and living as a lesbian.
Once Upon a Southside
by Enneressa Davis
A dance piece about the celebration of life in Southside Chicago.
Set the Example
by Example Setters
A spoken word show about the example teens want to set in Chicago.
Welcome to Limbo
by The Collaboraction Peacemakers
A poetic experience about the roles we do/do not contribute to current social issues.
Chicago: A Variation of Sandusky
by Dani Mauleon
A storytelling show about one undocumented immigrant living in America.
by Veronica Perkins
A play about police brutality and injustices in the black community.
For The Peace of The Land
by Antwon Funches
A poetic piece about how America’s history bleeds into today’s current issues.
by Elenna Sindler and T’Yanna Smith
A play about a teen girl healing from trauma on Chicago’s public transportation.
I Can Be All That I Believe
by Earl Hester
A poem, dance, and song piece about empowerment and pushing through doubt.
by Alejandro Garcia
A lyrical show about creating beauty from pain.
by Isabel Bravo and Sophia Bastounes
A musical theatre piece about love and healthy relationships.
When They Come Around
by Stella Moseley
An aerial silks and spoken word experience about pushing through fear and being brave.