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Toronto: On June 19 GhostLight presents “This Little Light” illuminating Black artists and creators

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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 Bruggergosman (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, 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 and Facebook LIVE this Friday, June 19th at 8:00PM (EDT) 

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:

Tickets: Free Online Event.