About

Ghost lights have stood vigil over unoccupied theatres for years, protecting the stage in darkness and illuminating the space for creative spirits to play in the void.

Our mission is to sustain this vigil in the virtual world; providing a beacon for actors and other artists to gather together and collaborate through mentorship, conversation and collective creation.

GhostLight is a digital theatrical training ground and digital performance space. This virtual space allows established artists to mentor emerging and mid-career colleagues through online class rooms, placing and emphasis on live, two-way conversations between teachers and students.  These offerings will take the form of multi-session studio classes, private coaching, intensive workshops, and our interview series entitled “Friday Night at the GhostLight.”

 

In addition to our mentorship platform, GhostLight functions as an online theatre space, providing virtual rehearsal halls for artists across several disciplines and geographical barriers to collaborate and learn from each other on our digital platform. These collaborations will be an extension of a particular GhostLight classroom or a collective of like-minded artists interested in online creation.        

  

Select GhostLight creations will be available for public viewing and linked to an online audience and eventually filmed in a studio through digital streaming and network partnerships.        

Our Team

Graham Abbey
Co-founder, CEO & Creative Director

Graham is currently a member of the Stratford Festival company, where he has served as an actor, director and teacher for 22 seasons. His adaptation of Shakespeare’s history cycle entitled Breath of Kings made its debut at the Stratford Festival in 2016, and Graham made his Stratford directing debut in 2018 on the main stage with Michael Healy’s adaptation of The Front Page.

 

On the film and television, Graham spent three seasons starring on the CBC series The Border and has appeared in several feature films including Casino Jack, Take this Waltz and Defendor.

 

Graham is the Artistic Director of The Festival Players of Prince Edward County, and the founder and Artistic Director of the Groundling Theatre Company based in Toronto. Past Groundling productions include The Winter’s Tale (Dora award winner for Outstanding Production) Measure for Measure, and most recently a co-production of Julius Caesar with Crows Theatre.

 

Graham is a graduate of the Michael Langham Conservatory for Classical direction and taught the fourth-year advanced performance class at The University of Toronto this past year. He holds an honours degree in Politics from Queen’s University.

Dylan Trowbridge
Co-founder & Creative Director

Dylan is a Toronto-based actor, director and teacher. He has performed at The Stratford and Shaw Festivals and on London’s West End. Select directing credits include Herringbone, The Yalta Game (Talk is Free Theatre) and Every Brilliant Thing (Festival Players). For Eldritch Theatre, Dylan directed the Dora Award winning Sci-Fi tragedy Space Opera Zero! and The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy. Select Film and TV credits include The Handmaid's Tale, V-Wars, Impulse, American Hangman, Dark Matter, Private Eyes, Orphan Black, and Alias Grace. Dylan is the founding artistic associate of Theatrefront and the Associate Artistic Director of Festival Players.


He has led masterclasses and text workshops for Wayne State University and Shakespeare in the Ruff and taught acting at The University of Toronto.

Stephen Barnard  
Co-founder, CRO and acting CFO

Stephen is a business executive with over 30 years of leadership and marketing experience. He has held senior roles with major Canadian organizations such as BCE,  TMX Group, The Canadain Press, and Rogers as well as with several hi-tech startups. More recently he was CMO for a blockchain company before returning to run his own consulting business.

 

Stephen has a BA in economics and an MBA, both from Memorial University.

Adrianna Prosser 
Co-founder, Digital Producer & Marketing Director

Adrianna is an award winning digital storyteller and content creator specializing in marketing for arts & cultural organizations. Her BFA in theatre has aided her in telling stories onstage, on camera, and online. She currently is the Marketing Manager and Producer of Eldritch Theatre, the Social Media Manager of Festival Players and Groundling Theatre, and holds various contracts with indie artists around Ontario. She has produced and hosted the award winning children's show Cranium Cookie, as well as the geek fan show Geektropolis, and has an ongoing mental health podcast Stories Like Crazy. 

 

Adrianna is also a Professor at Centennial College where she teaches Web and Social Media Marketing course for the Museum and Cultural Management program, as well as the Arts Marketing and Innovative Technology in the Arts for Arts Management. 

E.B. Smith 
Co-founder & Director of Creative Strategy 

E.B. has over twenty years of experience as a director, performer, coach, producer, and teaching artist in the worlds of theatre, print, film, television, and voice-over, with a mission to inspire and encourage passionate storytelling. His goal is to empower as many diverse voices as possible so that we may all learn from one another just how vast the spectrum of identity can be. As an artist of colour, he brings a special recognition of the power of experiencing one’s own history and world view manifest on stage as well as furthering connections to the stories of others. It is his mission, therefore, to facilitate the cultivation and cooperation of artists from every cross section of our society, and across artistic styles and traditions.

 

He received his training in the BFA Performance program at Ohio University, as well as two years at the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Festival where he served for six years a text and acting coach and is currently in his tenth season as an actor.

Rikk Salamat 
Technology Advisor

Rikk is a business leader and serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of IT and data science experience. Currently, he's Principal Data Scientist with his own firm, Case Lab Inc. where he deploys advanced economic, statistical and computational techniques to solve complex problems. He is also Director, Software Development for Crewsware Software.

 

Earlier in his career, he founded and sold one of Canada's first internet marketing firms, Web Impact.

 

Rikk has attended OCAD, has an HBA from York University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Michelle Giroux
Co-Executive Producer for Friday Night at the GhostLight

Michelle has been a member of the Stratford Festival company for fourteen seasons. She has also performed at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The New York City Center, Segal Centre, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Theatre Aquarius, The Factory Theatre, The Tarragon Theatre and has spent two seasons acting in the Groundling Theatre productions of Winter's Tale (Dora Award for Best Production), Measure for Measure and most recently, Julius Caesar at Crow"s Theatre. She is a graduate of the inaugural CFC Actors' Conservatory, the inaugural Birmingham Conservatory and the National Theatre School of Canada. She starred in the feature film Blood Pressure for which she received a Vancouver Film Critic's Award nomination for Best Actress.

Charlotte Gowdy 
Curator, Studio Sessions

Charlotte Gowdy is an actor, director & educator currently based in Stratford, Ontario.

Her work includes multiple seasons at both the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, acclaimed shows at theatres across Canada including: Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Grand Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Theatre NorthWest, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Tarragon, Factory, Theatre Kingston, Nightwood, St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Fixt Point, Theatre Lac Brome, Troubadour Theatre, Victoria Playhouse, Watermark and the Blyth Festival, among others. Favourite credits include playing Abigail in The Crucible (Shaw Festival); directing Randy Hughson in RED and starring in Venus in Fur (Theatre Kingston); Rita in Educating Rita (TIP); Mary Snow in Salt Water Moon (Blyth Festival) and Associate Director for ROOM (The Grand / Mirvish Productions) Charlotte has also made several television appearances including for CBC television's Murdoch Mysteries.

Charlotte teaches acting and clown on faculty at Sheridan College (Music Theatre) and Fanshawe College's School of Performance. She is a guest instructor at schools across the globe including Queen's University (Kingston), Wheaton College (Boston), Holland College's SOPA (PEI), the University of P.E.I., and at Unversidad Andres Bello (Santiago, Chile). She regularly teaches workshops for the education department at the Stratford Festival. 

A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, The Michael Langham Directing Program, and Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France, Charlotte is a passionate educator, mentor and student of life!

Jaimie Henderson
Youth Education Coordinator 

Jaimie is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. As a graduate of UofT drama, Jaimie has spent her early professional career working in arts education, and choreographing for multiple Youth Theatre Programs. She has spent four summers at the Stratford Festival as the Head of Staff overseeing their summer Youth programs, and this fall just completed choreographing her sixth show for the youth company Innovative Arts. As an actor Jaimie most recently toured the award-winning production Mixed Messages with Mixed Company Theatre. Other select credits include: Anne & Gilbert (Josie Pye), Grease (Patty Simcox), Legally Blonde (Serena), The Seagull (Nina), and Cymbeline (Imogen.)

Ieva Lucs  
Co-Executive Producer for Friday Night at the GhostLight

Ieva is a Toronto-based journalist. 

 

A graduate of National Theatre School of Canada, she spent 15 years as an actor performing in theatre, film and television. 

 

Ieva went back to school to attend Humber College's Postgraduate Journalism program. She now works at CBC Toronto as a reporter, writer and producer.

Melissa Rood
Production Coordinator 

Melissa Rood is a stage manager and production coordinator for theatre, dance, opera, music, stadium events, and just about any project that defies description or traditional process.  In addition to celebrating her 20th season with the Stratford Festival of Canada in 2020, Rood has worked worldwide on classics to world premières; one-woman shows to casts of thousands; in Inuktitut and Ummonian; from the Middle East to the Arctic Circle. 

 

Melissa is a graduate of Sheridan College (Technical Production) and University of Waterloo (Social Development Studies & Social Work). An arts educator and youth advocate, she has taught and coached at Sheridan College, University of Toronto, and The National Theatre School, and worked as a research assistant developing dance therapy with Dr. Trish Van Katwyk & Dr. Yukari Seto.

Nicole Eun-Ju Bell 
Associate Digital Strategy Specialist

Nicole Eun-Ju Bell is a mixed-race multidisciplinary theatre artist.  Her main focus is projection design; however, she has also worked as an actor, technician, and writer. She’s worked on shows at Toronto Fringe, Next Stage, Summerworks, CanadianStage, and Hart House Theatre.  Recent works include: Winter’s Tale(Autolycus/Antigonus), Encounters at the Edge of the Woods (Projections), House on Fire (Projections), Ga Ting (Projections)

Dante Camarda 
Teacher's Assistant

Dante Camarda is an Italian-Canadian artist based in Toronto, Ontario. In theatre he has acted as the Assistant Producer of the UC Follies, communications officer for UofT’s Drama Centre, and as an actor in UofT’s MainStage production of The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare. In visual arts, Dante has worked as an Illustrator for UofT’s Shift Magazine, and as a member of the McMichael Art Gallery Youth Team. In music he has held the positions of Music Representative for UofT's Drama Coalition, Principal Bass Clarinet for the OCMS Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Hart House Symphonic Band, and the Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada. 

 

Dante recently received an Honours Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Dante is looking forward to studying at LAMDA in London, UK in autumn 2020. 

Sarah Caraher 
Social Media Officer & Production Assistant 

Sarah Caraher is an arts manager, an artist educator, and a musical theatre performer. She is a graduate of St. Clair College’s Music Theatre Performance Program, Capilano University’s Bachelor of Performing Arts program, and Centennial College’s Arts Management program.

 

Career highlights include performing the title role in Nicholas Lloyd Webber’s world premiere musical The Little Prince with Theatre Calgary, teaching at Young People’s Theatre as an Artist Educator, and working as an Associate Producer with Driftwood Theatre. Sarah also led the programming team for the 2020 Arts Ahead Symposium.

Luke Kimball
Training and Educational Coordinator 

Luke Kimball is a Toronto-based actor and graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance, class of 2020! Luke made his professional debut in A Midsummer Night's Dream with The Festival Players of Prince Edward County during Graham Abbey's inaugural season as artistic director. During Luke's final year at Ryerson he was cast as Albus Potter in Mirvish's upcoming production of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", which is set to have its Canadian premiere in 2021.

Izzi Nagel 
Training and Educational Coordinator 

Izzi is a Toronto-based actor and writer who recently graduated from the Ryerson School of Performance just this year. At Ryerson, Izzi played such roles as Gertrude in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and Raina in G. B. Shaw's 'Arms and the Man' (both directed by Peter Pasyk). Izzi made her professional debut last summer in 'Anne' with the Guild Festival Theatre, and has acted in various other theatres (and parks!) around Toronto as well. She's thrilled to be working with GhostLight and support the vital work they are doing for our Canadian theatre community!

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