GhostLight in partnership with Old Heads Podcast brings you a deep dive into the struggle from behind the theatre curtain with Addae Moon and EB Smith.
Old Heads Podcast launches as a Digital Stage
project in partnership with GhostLight
June 25, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: INTERNATIONAL; CANADA & US: Listen to the new performing arts podcast Old Heads Podcast: A deep dive into the struggle from behind the theatre curtain with E.B. Smith (Stratford Festival, Ohio University) and Addae Moon (Atlanta History Center) every other Friday on Spotify. For an hour bi-weekly, your hosts will invite special guests such as Sadie Berlin, Graham Abbey, Michael Healey, and more to be announced, to discuss the challenges and triumphs within the work of making theatre from a BIPOC perspective.
“Old Heads is digging deeper each episode into the truth of the experience of making theatre while Black, to pose questions, offer guidance, and illuminate ways in which we can make this work we do more fulsome, fulfilling, and fair. When we come back as an industry, when we restart the theatre machine, it can be one that makes us whole or dismantles it further. This podcast seeks to find ways to make sure the latter is no longer the path we choose.” E.B. Smith, co-creator and host.
Listen to these two theatre creators and leaders as they unpack performing arts culture in Canada and the US. Over the course of the season, E.B. and Addae will bring on guests to talk about various aspects of the theatre industry, covering topics such as cultural dramaturgy, Black arts leaders, the intersection of Black and Indigenous art, Canadian and American intersections, conversations with designers of colour, and much more! With a production team that includes Nicole Eun-Ju Bell (Friday Night at the GhostLight) and Verne Good (The Heidi Chronicles) and the team at GhostLight, making each episode not only a thought provoking listen, but an inclusive one too.
E.B. Smith 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 as a text and acting coach and is currently in his tenth season as an actor.
Addae Moon is an Atlanta based playwright, dramaturg, director and teaching artist. He is the Director of Museum Theater at the Atlanta History Center, and Artistic Associate with Found Stages Theatre and a resident playwright with Maat Productions of Afrikan Centered Theatre (MPAACT) based out of Chicago, IL.
He has served as a resident dramaturg with WorkingTitle Playwright’s Ethel Woolson Lab working on development projects with local playwrights Neely Gossett, Johnny Drago and many others. He is the recipient of the 2015 International Ibsen Award for his dramaturgical work on the project Master Comic and the 2014 John Lipsky Award from the International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL) for his immersive play Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906. Addae was also a member of Alliance Theatre’s 2015-2016 Reiser Artists’ Lab as co-writer on the immersive project Third Council of Lyons with Found Stages Theatre.
As the former literary manager at Horizon Theatre Company, he served as dramaturg on the early development projects of many nationally renowned playwrights including Marcus Gardley, Lauren Gunderson, Tanya Barfield and Janece Shaffer. As an educator, he is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Clark Atlanta University and a playwriting instructor with Horizon Theatre Company’s Apprentice Program. Addae received his BA in Theatre Arts from Clark Atlanta University and an MFA in Playwriting from the Professional Playwright’s Program at Ohio University.
GhostLight is a virtual platform for theatrical education, mentorship, collaboration and experimentation. We offer accessible online training and education as well as theatrical mentorship.
“Graham Abbey and Dylan Trowbridge, two of the country's finest actors and directors, have launched GhostLight.ca, a place for artists to come together and collaborate through mentorship, conversation and collective creation.” - NOW Magazine
Ghost lights have stood vigil over unoccupied theatres for years, protecting the stage in the darkness and illuminating the space for creative spirits to play in the void. Our mission is to sustain this vigil in the virtual world by providing a gathering place for teaching, mentorship and exploration. Founded by theatre artists Graham Abbey, Dylan Trowbridge, E.B. Smith, along with Adrianna Prosser, a professor of arts and culture management, and Stephen Barnard, a veteran of the business start-up community; ghostlight.ca is our virtual home base. We provide Canadian theatre artists the opportunity to stay active, inspired and engaged by connecting them with some of the nation’s most exciting artists and mentors. We offer online events, accessible training, as well as mentoring in the performing arts.
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