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.

Applicants can choose from our classes below; click the "Apply Now" button to go to the registration form to submit an application. 


Those selected will be notified, by email, a week before the start of first class. For open registration and auditing opportunities please look for a "Join Us" email to participate. 

*All successful applicants should have a Zoom login and be familiar with the online conferencing program. You will not need to sign up for Zoom but you will need to download the application to your device. 


Summer 2020 Session

Details coming soon

Spring 2020 Session

Session in progress - all classes are closed for application

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Clown Jam

A four-week online class in ridiculousness


Starting May 13 through June 3, Wednesdays 1pm to 2;30pm EST 

Class is limited to 15 participants

For theatre professionals and performers (actors, dancers, musicians, writers, rule-breakers etc). Emerging and mid-career artists are encouraged to apply. No previous clowning experience necessary.


In the spirit of serious playfulness, Charlotte Gowdy leads the group through various tasks and exercises to generate ideas, personas, and content suitable for crafting a clown performance. Participants are given the opportunity to practice basic principles of clowning (lazzi, fixed point, the flop, etc.) both as individuals and in small groups. The techniques particular to clowning “online” are explored with several tips and tricks along the way. This class is aimed at anyone who wants to develop their clown ideas, no matter which stage of development they are at.


Curiosity required. Laughter guaranteed.


Hand Writing

Playwriting 101

An eight-week, masterclass in playwriting.


Starting May 14 through July 2, Thursdays 2pm to 4pm EST 

Class is limited to 12 participants - with room to audit.

For theatre professionals (actors, directors, designers, stage managers, etc.) with at least five years in the business who have little or no experience writing plays, but are very eager to give it a try.  

This class is an invitation to for theatre professionals trained in other disciplines try their hand at playwriting. Through a series of exercises in premise, character, conflict, plot and structure, this class will build upon participants’ theatrical knowledge to release their inner writers. During these eight weeks, participants will write.

A lot. By the end of this class, participants will be well on their way towards a first draft of a new play.  


How do I Steer this Thing?

A three-week, online masterclass in theatre directing.


Starting May 18, through June 1 Mondays 1pm to 3pm EST

Class is limited to 12 participants - with room to audit.

For theatre professionals, and emerging artists, (including those making a lateral

move from another discipline, or theatre students, or young, fresh talent looking to move into this area for the first time) with little or no experience in directing but an interest in exploring the field.


Each of the three sessions will explore a different aspect of the expectations typically associated with the job of director. Through discussion and study-group exercises, participants will develop insight into the challenges and demands of preparing to direct a professional production.

Session 1: How to prepare for rehearsal. What is required in pre-production? What do I need to do to be ready for the first day?

Session 2: The people, the team. How to work with team members (designers, choreographers, music directors, assistant directors, etc), as well as approaches to auditions and casting.

Session 3: Rehearsal planning. How to break down rehearsal hours, read a production schedule, work with the stage manager, etc. This session also includes a glimpse into best communication practices with actors.

e people, the team. How to work with team members (designers, choreographers, music directors, assistant directors, etc), as well as approaches to auditions and casting.


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Shakespeare: Be Not Afeard

A six-week, masterclass in acting.


Starting May 19 through June 23, Tuesdays, 2 pm to 4 pm EST 

Class is limited to 10 participants - with room to audit.

A Shakespeare Masterclass for actors who have at least three years in the profession and who wish to be on better terms with that sometimes intimidating playwright, William Shakespeare. This class will advance your ease with Shakespeare through a mix of group exercises, monologue work and shameless tricks. Over six sessions, Seana McKenna will address your specific questions about the text, particularly verse, and enable you to lift Shakespeare’s words from the page to the stage with confidence and respect, but without crippling reverence.

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Blues Pentameter: An Exploration of Wilson's World

A four-week, online class in “text analysis”


Starting May 22 through June 12, Fridays 1pm to 4pm EST 

Class is limited to 15 participants - with room to audit.


This digital gathering place is a table work excavation of pieces of the twentieth Century in black America through the eyes of one of its greatest playwrights, August Wilson.


Join a company of some of Canada’s finest Afro-Canadian actors as they dig into the dramaturgy and be a part of the table work discussion that arises around themes and cultural/political resonances and legacy of August Wilson’s seminal work, Fences. As Wilson’s work is not frequently encountered in Canada, this is an opportunity to experience the work intimately in a “rehearsal” setting, and fall in love with the raw poetic wealth of this extraordinary playwright.



Troy - Allan Louis

Bono - Andre Sills

Rose -  Cherissa Richards

Gabriel - Peter Bailey

Cory - Ngabo Nabea

Lyons - Christopher Bautista

Raynell - Amaka Umeh

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Moving the Target 

A four-week online class.


Starting; June 8 through June 29,   Mondays 1pm to 3pm EST

Class is limited to 10 participants - with room to audit

This 4 session class will explore an approach to acting based on principles of argument and rhetoric.  Using Elizabethan text as source material, Dion Johnstone will guide students through strategies to “move their target” in a scene, using tools of ethos, logos and pathos (ethics, logic and emotion).  While Shakespeare will provide the launch pad for Dion’s exploration, the concepts practiced here will bolster all scene work, through honing the actors imaginative and communicative abilities.  This is an introductory class for professional actors.


Visioning a Production

Produced in partnership with the National Arts Centre English Theatre

A six-week online class


Starting; June 2 through July 7,   Tuesdays 1pm to 2pm (EST) with first and last classes extending to 4pm( EST)

Class is limited to 10 participants - with room to audit

Using Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, students will take a script from text on a page to a blueprint for a full production. Applying collaborative web programmes like Google Docs and Trello, participants will infuse a script with concept proposals for all sound, lighting, set, costume, choreography, and dramaturgial ideas, so that we’ve got a working version of a production by the time we would get to first day with the actors.  With a group of 8-10 directors, designers or producers,  we will bring an idea from nascent to poised to produce on a doc filled with pictures, sound and stage directions.       


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