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GhostLight is a digital theatrical training ground that allows established artists to mentor emerging and mid-career colleagues, placing an emphasis on live conversation and collaboration online.

Introducing GhostLight with an online launch event featuring Margaret Atwood and Adrienne Clarkson


April 24th, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NATION WIDE; CANADA: GhostLight launches as an online theatrical mentorship platform with Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood and renowned Canadian journalist and stateswoman, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson on May 8th 8:00pm (EST) in a LIVE stream on our YouTube channel. They will be joined by celebrated improvisational comedian Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway?) and multi-talented musician and theatre-artist, Torquil Campbell (co-lead singer/songwriter for Stars).


“Our goal at GhostLight is to create a national forum for Canadian artists to gather, collaborate and create across a variety of digital platforms. I can’t think of a better way to launch our site and our mission, than listening to the hearts and minds of some of our cultural luminaries. I am thrilled to host these Canadian icons and legends at our inaugural Friday Night at the GhostLight, in what will no doubt be an engaging, illuminating and ultimately hopeful evening of artistic communion for all of us in these challenging times.” - Co-founder and Creative Director Graham Abbey.


This launch event, entitled “Friday Night at the The GhostLight“ is the first installment of GhostLight’s interview series featuring iconic Canadian cultural figures. The series will allow artists and art enthusiasts from across the country to listen and engage as a national community with some of our great creative catalysts. 


Following this launch event, GhostLight will begin our first session of theatrical training.  All Spring session classes are offered free of charge. Pay-what-you-are-able donations are accepted, with 50% of all proceeds going to the AFC, to support our colleagues.


“Graham and I had the great fortune to learn from remarkable Canadian Theatre mentors at formative moments in our careers. We hope that, in this uncertain time, GhostLight can provide the same access we had in a virtual realm. I am deeply inspired by the response we’ve received, with so many leading  Canadian Theatre artists reaching out to us with offers of support” said Co-founder and Associate Creative Director Dylan Trowbridge. 


Visit our class portal at www.ghostlight.ca/classes with our first class “Playwriting 101” with Governor General Award-winning playwright Erin Shields (Paradise Lost, If We Were Birds) starting May 14th, 2020, available now for registration.  More classes will be added in the coming days and weeks. Confirmed faculty and mentors for 2020 include Seana Mckenna, Dion Johnstone, Atom Egoyan, Michael Healey, Tom Rooney, Chilina Kennedy, E.B. Smith, Bruce Dow, Kat Sandler, Jeanette Lambermont-Morey, and more to be announced. 


About GhostLight 


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 just 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 and Dylan Trowbridge and with ghostlight.ca as our 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 private coaching.


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Friday Night at the GhostLight (FN@GL) YouTube LIVE stream event

Margaret Atwood and Adrienne Clarkson: Canadian Culture in the time of COVID-19

May 8th, 2020 at 8 pm (EST)

Available On YouTube: https://bit.ly/FridayNightattheGhostLight

Tickets: Free Online Event


Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood and renowned Canadian journalist and stateswoman, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson come together in a digital gathering space to engage our performing arts community in a conversation about culture, creativity, and theatre on a national stage.


Margaret Atwood is an iconic Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher, and environmental activist. She has published 18 books of poetry, 18 novels, 11 books of nonfiction, nine collections of short fiction, eight children's books, and two graphic novels, as well as a number of small press editions of both poetry and fiction. Atwood has won numerous awards and honors for her writing, including the Booker Prize (twice), Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General's Award, Franz Kafka Prize, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards. A number of her works have been adapted for film and television. http://margaretatwood.ca


The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Canada’s 26th Governor General from 1999-2005, is the bestselling author of the 2014 CBC Massey Lectures Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship, Heart Matters: A Memoir, Room for All of Us: Surprising Stories of Loss and Transformation, and a biography of Dr. Norman Bethune. She has made the astonishing journey from a penniless child refugee to an accomplished broadcaster and distinguished public servant in a multi-faceted lifetime and has received numerous prestigious awards and honorary degrees in Canada and abroad. In 2005, Madame Clarkson co-founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship to help new citizens in Canada integrate into Canadian life. In 2006, she established the Clarkson Cup, the championship trophy for Women’s Hockey. Since 2007, she has been the Colonel-in-Chief of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. http://adrienneclarkson.com




Graham Abbey 

Co-Founder and Creative Director, GhostLight


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