What is GhostLight
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 will allow 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, our interview series entitled, "Studio Sessions" as well as our monthly, “Friday Night at the GhostLight” web series.
In addition to our mentorship platform, GhostLight will also function 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.
Graham Abbey - Co-founder & 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 & Associate 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.
Professional Training Series
GhostLight is an immersive digital theatrical training ground. We engage premiere theatre mentors and pair them with emerging and mid-career artists in online masterclasses and individual coaching. Our classes are live, interactive and accessible. We believe that now is the time to expand creative horizons, explore artistic practices and deepen our understanding of our craft.
The Spring Session included Classes by: Charlotte Gowdy, Erin Shields, Jeannette Lambermont-Morey, Seana McKenna, E.B.Smith, Dion Johnstone, and the NAC's Jillian Keiley.
The Summer Session, which is currently being finalized, will offer master classes led by such artists as Peter Hinton Bruce Dow, Sadie Berlin and Maev Beaty.
Youth Programing (upcoming)
This Summer GhostLight will compliment our Professional Training Series by offering teenagers the opportunity to train with some of Canada’s premiere theatre artists. Currently in the development phase, our youth programing will be targeted at 13 to 18 year olds seeking mentorship from professional actors and youth educators in multiple theatre disciplines.
The program will be divided into two streams: Youth Camps for students with a recreational interest, and The GhostLight Conservatory, for those with aspirations for a career in theatre.
All classes will be of a high quality and accessibly priced.
Friday Night at the GhostLight
GhostLight was created to provide a digital gathering place for the Canadian performing arts community. Our live-streamed series, Friday Night at the GhostLight, features iconic Canadian cultural figures as they share their experiences and insights through provocative dialogue and debate. Hosted by Graham Abbey, the series explores the future of creativity, digital assembly, and the necessity of art, through live interviews, comedy and musical performances.
These special events are broadcast live across the internet, allowing Canadians to engage as a national community with some of our great cultural catalysts.
Our inaugural episode took place on Friday, May 8th and featured Margaret Atwood, Adrienne Clarkson, Colin Mochrie, Debra McGrath, Torquil Campbell and Chilina Kennedy. It can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/NM7tgc7SykM
Upcoming: June 19th, 2020 at 8 PM
Curated by Charlotte Gowdy, these candid conversations provide insight into the artistic processes of the masters. Viewers will learn tips, techniques and personal secrets of the craft from a variety of actors, directors, playwrights, stage managers, designers and creators. Conversations are followed by a live Q&A session, open to all.
These public sessions are broadcast on a regular basis at 11am EST on Facebook Live.
The first show features Charlotte Gowdy in conversation with Chilina Kennedy and can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/Ghostlightcanada/videos/245187273492365/
Ghost Light's Digital Stage, is a virtual theatre. It is a meeting place for creation, collaboration and innovation. As we venture into the territory of online performance, it is our mission to leverage possibilities presented to us as we help our creative industry adapt to new platforms and new opportunities for creationtion.
We will translate the synergy of audience and performer sharing the same physical space; and we are inspired by the challenge of optimizing this new theatrical platform and delivering new experiences to new audiences.
As companies look for ways to expand into this space, we are pleased to offer our expertise as partners in livestream broadcast through a number of different formats. From classic panel discussions, interactive moderated conversations, to custom built digital theatrical experiences, we are here to help artists make their vision a reality.
Graham Abbey - Co-founder
Dylan Trowbridge - Co-founder
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