About Bright Lights Institute

Bright Lights Institute is a 501c3, non-profit foundation that provides innovative, after-school theatre enrichment and creative arts summer programming for students in the Kansas City metro area. Through Bright Lights' performing arts programming and learning objectives, students will be equipped with the essential skills to thrive on stage and in any part of the world, any walk of life, any field, any focus. We desire to unlock the creative spirit within every student, encouraging them to shine brightly as a confident leader of tomorrow!

Why Bright Lights?

Our world is changing.  Our desire is to equip children to adapt to world around them all while staying true to who they are.  We have found the structure of theatre programming provides a unique way for kids to express themselves creatively, learn to work collaboratively, problem solve and meet goals and expectations. As members of our program, kids are being taught life-skills that will carry over into every aspect of their lives. We are confident that the community that is built , the sense of belonging, the confidence and sucess they experience alone will be life-changing!

In every Bright Lights program, your child will be:

  • Challenged with new material each semester: monologues, scene work, dance numbers, and full blown musicals in the Spring and Summer.

  • Pulled from their comfort zones: Learn how to act, sing, dance and improv in front of an audience.

  • Trained to think critically and problem solve: live theatre is filled with all kinds of ups and downs, if someone forgets a line, or a song doesn’t start on time, students learn “the show must go on” and persevere.

  • Empowered to adapt and thrive: sometimes you do not get the part you want, but you might find the part you get is the perfect one for you. Students will constantly learn how to adjust and flourish in their situation, just like in real life.

Core Values of Bright Lights

  • Build confidence

  • Work together and win as a team

  • Respect one another

  • Seek the truth and do the right thing

  • Learn to disagree respectfully