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ComEd, 2011-12 Season Lighting Sponsor

We celebrate ComEd, who has been a major corporate sponsor for Northlight productions since 2007. This year in our 2011-12 season, we have designated ComEd as our official Season Lighting Sponsor. We are very appreciative of ComEd's enthusiasm and consistent generosity over the years.


ComEd invests in organizations that support education, the environment, arts and culture, and neighborhood development programs. ComEd believes it's important to support arts and culture organizations that are integral to the health and vitality of the communities they serve.


ComEd believes that "local music and movie festivals, as well as theater productions and other artistic pursuits, enhance our understanding of other cultures and contribute to our education in fun and interactive ways. The arts bring us together."


The arts do indeed bring us together and we are proud of our partnership with ComEd.



Shure, 2011-12 Season Sound Sponsor

Northlight Theatre is thrilled to welcome Shure Incorporated as the 2011-12 season's official Season Sound Sponsor. Shure has had a strong hand in our success ever since the company's 2005 product donation for It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues that we continue to use.

With this season's musical productions and plays, the best in sound equipment is essential to the fulfillment of our art and the enjoyment of our audiences. Shure is the most trusted audio brand worldwide and we are delighted that Northlight audiences will continue to experience audio excellence as a result of our partnership.

In addition to supporting Northlight, Shure is a strong advocate for music education, striving to support the advancement of music education programs for our youth that encourage the study and making of music for all.

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The Lehman Family American Experience Series


The Outgoing Tide has become one of Northlight's most successful productions of all time. TWO extension weeks were offered due to record breaking attendance, sold-out performances, and overwhelmingly positive critical acclaim. The Outgoing Tide is supported by the third installment of a very generous commitment from the Lehman family to bring the American Experience Series to Northlight Theatre.


January 2009 launched the Lehman Family American Experience Series with the world premiere of Po Boy Tango by Kenneth Lin. Po Boy Tango, which also won an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, told the story of two friends who struggled with their own prejudices and highlighted the importance of family, culture and tradition. East West Players in Los Angeles, produced the second run of Po Boy Tango in November 2009. The New York Times called East West Players "the nation's pre-eminent Asian American theatre troupe".


Awake and Sing!, our second installment in the Lehman Family American Experience Series, focused on America in the midst of a global economic crisis. Hedy Weiss of The Chicago Sun-Times proclaimed Awake and Sing! "so timely it might have been written yesterday." Though it was written in the 1930s, 2010 was the perfect time to produce this play - a masterpiece about the Great Depression.


The Outgoing Tide dares to talk, and even laugh, about "end of life" issues, encourages audiences to see themselves and their families on stage, and challenges preconceptions about the end of life. Chris Jones from the Chicago Tribune said, "Mahoney - whose performance in director BJ Jones' superb world-premiere production is, I think, the best work I've ever seen him do on stage..."


We are deeply grateful to the Lehman family for their generosity, their steadfast support in championing social justice issues, and their belief in the power of theatre.

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Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award

Presented to The Outgoing Tide at Northlight Theatre


Since 2006, Theatre Communications Group - the national organization for non-profit theatre - has annually announced the winners of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Awards. These awards provide funding for additional rehearsal and development time for the entire creative team of a theatre's production, including the playwright, for world premiere productions.


In the last four years, Northlight has received three Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Awards for Better Late in 2008, Po Boy Tango in 2009, and this year's The Outgoing Tide. Northlight is honored to be recognized by the Edgerton Foundation with other distinguished theatres nationwide. To date, the Edgerton Foundation has granted 111 awards. Thirty-four of those awarded plays have gone on to further productions, two of which won Tony Awards.


Northlight Theatre is sincerely appreciative to the Edgerton Foundation for its generosity and commitment to supporting new works that are vital to the long term growth of the American theatre cannon

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Selma Melvoin Playwrighting Award

2010-11 Season


The Melvoin Award has made a meaningful difference in the artistic work of Northlight Theatre. With the generous support of Hugo and Lois Melvoin and Joe and Carole Levy, the grant named after their mother Selma Melvoin has given Northlight the opportunity to support playwrights by funding the initial productions of new plays and musicals. This year's recipient is Bruce Graham's The Outgoing Tide.


The Melvoin Award has nurtured the careers of many promising new talents and helped bring to the canon of American theatre such new plays as Larry Gelbart and Craig Wright's Better Late, Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman's Low Down Dirty Blues, and Monte Merrick's Cat Feet. The new plays Northlight has produced have been a source of great pride as they premiered on the Northlight stage, and, in many cases, have gone on to other productions around the country.

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The Jack Springer Scholarship Award

2010-11 Season


Every year, Northlight Theatre recognizes the talent and dedication of a young performer who has recently graced our stage.


Through the kind support of Eleanor Springer, the Jack Springer Scholarship Award honors this performer and expresses our deepest appreciation for his or her outstanding performance and extraordinary potential. Jack Springer was an extraordinarily dedicated volunteer for Northlight. His commitment to the Theatre and belief in the importance of its artistic product remains an inspiration and a valued chapter in Northlight's history.


This year, Northlight honors two remarkable talents. The 2010-2011 Jack Springer Scholarship Award was presented to Paige Collins (Eclipsed) and Alex Goodrich (A Civil War Christmas).  Paige and Alex are welcome additions to the Northlight family. We wish them every success in the future and are confident that they will have many.


"I had such an amazing time working on Eclipsed at Northlight. I couldn't be more honored to be acknowledged for this production that I was so proud to be doing. It was my pleasure to be able to work with Northlight and I hope to do it again!" - Paige Collins


"I've enjoyed my experiences at Northlight so much! Working on a challenging show like Civil War Christmas was made far easier by the dedicated, friendly and talented staff and crew. And the Interplay series is a terrific way to allow the playwright to hear and see their work and to allow us as the actors to jump into a new and different world that happens so briefly that you can't get bogged down in over analysis. It truly is an instinctual event! It was a blast! I love coming to work up in Skokie, I love the variety of shows they have in a season, and I am very humbled and thankful for this award. I can't wait to play at Northlight again!" - Alex Goodrich

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Northlight Welcomes New Trustees


Dan Peterson is a Principal in ZS Associates' Evanston office. ZS Associates is a global management consulting firm, helping clients in many industries to address issues of sales force and marketing strategy, operations, and execution. Dan and his wife Melanie both grew up in Glenview, where each has lived for more than 20 years over three intervals and where they still live today with their three children and dog named Keiko.

Rahul Roy has worked his way across two continents over a 20+ year career in marketing, communications and brand building in the agency business. At Draftfcb he currently heads up the Yum! Brands group, which includes more than 70 people working across Draftfcb's Chicago and Irvine, California offices. He lives in Evanston and is kept sane by his much smarter wife and two college-going kids, who always remind him that he's really not as clever as he tries to sound.


"I was lucky enough to be introduced to Northlight during its early years in Evanston and I feel very fortunate to have the chance to join people who care so deeply about dramatic excellence and the power of theater. I've always loved the performing arts and being able to contribute in some small measure to helping Northlight achieve its vision will be a privilege - and fun!" - Rahul Roy.

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The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation

The Outgoing Tide Production Co-Sponsor


Northlight is delighted to have The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation return for another year of partnership as co-sponsor of The Outgoing Tide. Since 1985, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation has been a wonderful advocate for arts and cultural organizations, large and small, supporting works that are bold and often difficult to fund.


We are deeply grateful to The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation for its generous and strategic support throughout the last 20 years. Most recently, the Foundation sponsored Northlight's productions of A Life in 2010 and Grey Gardens in 2008. This year, the Foundation continues its partnership with Northlight with its sponsorship of The Outgoing Tide. We especially appreciate and honor the Foundation's faith in our commitment to champion new work and challenge both our audiences and ourselves artistically.

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Nuveen Investments

The Outgoing Tide Production Co-Sponsor


Northlight proudly welcomes back Nuveen Investments as a production co-sponsor of The Outgoing Tide. Nuveen, a leading global provider of investment services, sponsored the world premiere of Northlight's Low Down Dirty Blues in 2010 and returns to sponsor Northlight's 2011 world premiere of The Outgoing Tide.


With a strong tradition of community involvement, Nuveen Investments continues to support critical social service, educational and cultural organizations.


Nuveen Investments, through its multi-boutique affiliates, provides high quality investment services designed to help secure the long-term goals of institutions, high-net-worth and affluent investors as well as the consultants and financial advisors who serve them.

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