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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. 

Friday Night at the GhostLight returns with
This Little Light - illuminating Black artists & creators

June 16, 2020 - *Short Notice* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NATION WIDE; CANADA: GhostLight presents, in association with The Old Heads Podcast, Friday Night at the GhostLight: This Little Light - a meeting of creative Black minds: thinkers, makers, and luminaries on June 19th at 8 PM (EDT) on YouTube LIVE stream.


A night of music, illumination, and thoughtful discussion on the state of the Canadian theatre industry. Co-hosted by E.B. Smith (Stratford Festival, The Grand Theatre), Co-Founder and Director of Creative Strategy at GhostLight, and by actor and director, Cherissa Richards (Shaw Festival). We are thrilled to welcome Canadian opera phenom, Measha Brueggergosman (Orchestre de Paris, the Philadelphia Orchestra) who will be performing “Strange Fruit”, will also be sharing her insight on Black Lives Matter, the world of classical performing arts, and how to thrive in this time of isolation. Joining us on our panel discussion on leadership and mentorship, along with insights on what is in store for Black Theatre in Canada in the years to come will be Philip Akin (Obsidian Theatre), and Quincy Armorer (Black Theatre Workshop). From the GhostLight team, Alexis Gordon (Shaw Festival) will be sharing a musical performance as well as joining us to talk about her upcoming class which she will be teaching as part of our Professional Training Series https://education.ghostlight.ca/, as well as her experience with productions cancelled and rearranged as a result of COVID-19.


“I came forward to the team at GhostLight with the idea of embracing Juneteenth as our next FNatGL broadcast to illuminate Canadian Black artists. Theatre is broken in general. It needs to be addressed. One way to do that is to call out systemic racism, such as the ‘as cast’ amendment to contracts. Another is to amplify the voices of Black artists and show the world our vast talent on platforms such as Friday Night at the GhostLight.” - E.B. Smith, Co-Founder and Director of Creative Strategy at GhostLight.

We are also excited to announce the launch of Old Heads Podcast: A deep dive into the struggle from behind the theatre curtain. E.B. Smith and Addae Moon (Atlanta History Center), along with special guests, take a season-long look at the challenges and triumphs within the work of making theatre from a BIPOC perspective. 

All this and more comes to you live from GhostLight’s YouTube

www.youtube.com/GhostLightCreative and Facebook LIVE

https://www.facebook.com/Ghostlightcanada this Friday, June 19th at 8:00PM (EDT) 


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 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.

Website: https://www.ghostlight.ca/friday-night

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Friday Night at the GhostLight YouTube LIVE stream event

In association with Old Heads Podcast, GhostLight presents This Little Light: 

a meeting of creative Black minds: thinkers, makers, and luminaries

June 19th, 2020 at 8PM (EDT)

Available On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4VMxcX4E7Y

Tickets: Free Online Event

Cherissa Richards is a Winnipeg based actor and emerging director. A graduate from York University's MFA in Acting, Cherissa has acted in regional theatres across the country and spent three seasons as an actor at the Shaw Festival. Recently, Cherissa has been pursuing her directing career; directing at various theatres and festivals in Winnipeg (most notably: "The Power of Harriet T" at MTYP). Between gigs, Cherissa has been pursuing directing apprenticeships at Bard on the Beach, The Shaw Festival's Neil Munroe Intern Directing program and before the Covid shutdown, Cherissa was assisting Peter Pasyk in Stratford's "Hamlet", starring Amaka Umeh in the Michael Langham Directing Intensive.


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.


Adrianna Prosser,
Co-Founder, Digital Producer + Social Media Director


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