About Us

What is a ghostlight? Sneak into a theater late at night, and you might find the only source of light is a single uncovered bulb on a tall stand at center stage. Some say ghostlights ward off evil spirits by fooling them into thinking the building is occupied, and it’s bad luck (and bad business) for a theater to be dark without a show. Leaving a ghostlight on is a way of making sure the house is always lit.
Mission Statement
Board of Directors
Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble is led by a seasoned team of performers, technicians and educators with extensive theatrical training and experience. Through its network of support developed with local government, businesses, schools and non-profit organizations, Ghostlight engages community members in its mission, encouraging local talent, backstage personnel and others to create live theater that may be enjoyed on both sides of the lights. 

The mission of Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble is to entertain, educate and enrich our circle of local communities by offering diverse and quality theatrical experiences.
Summer Showcase Highlight Reel

keepin' the light on

Showcase & Fundraising Committee:
  • Co-Founder & Showcase Coordinator: Nancy Torres
  • Committee Member: Heather Cannon
  • Committee Member: Kami Davis
  • Committee Member: Laurie McNeil
  • Committee Member: Susan Stuart
Did you know that Ghostlight performers can provide entertainment at your next event? One of our primary ways of raising funds is through our showcase performances. We have performed at corporate and non-profit events, and have even performed in backyards and private homes. We would love to talk to you about how Ghostlight can make your next event fun and memorable. For more information, contact Nancy Torres at smithtorres@comcast.net

"I fell in love with acting in junior high, but when I got into college, I had to put it on the back burner. Marriage, motherhood, and being an RN have filled my life in ways I never hoped for, but there hasn’t been a lot of room for theater in the last 25 years. I always thought I’d go back, but as we all know, life doesn’t slow down on its own. Last summer, a good friend insisted I should audition for Ghostlight’s “The Dixie Swim Club.” I was blessed to be cast as Vernadette, and as I worked on and offstage with an awesome group of women and two delightful directors, I was filled with gratitude and a thrill I’d forgotten. Not only was it good for me to do something that nourished my soul, my husband started writing again, and my children got to see their mom in a whole new light. I couldn’t be more grateful to this amazing group of people that works so hard to provide a vital artistic platform for the community."
Lisa LaBute
Performer
Co-Founders & Prior Board Members:
  • Co-Founder & Past Artistic Director, Current Festival 10 Director:  Helen Dixon 
  • Co-Founder & Past Executive Director, Current Showcase Coordinator: Nancy Torres
Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble encourages all community members to participate in Ghostlight productions. We believe that local live theatre should provide a supportive environment for creative expression for people of all genders, ethnicities and backgrounds. Every day, we work to ensure that Ghostlight is a safe, welcoming space where all members of our cast, creative team, production crew, volunteers and audience members can learn, grow, and create.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We are proactively working towards greater diversity within the cast of our shows. This is an on-going process, and we recognize that it is our responsibility to broaden our reach to ensure that BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community members are aware of upcoming auditions, and to ensure that they feel welcome to join our productions. We are also broadening our reach to attract BIPOC directors and production team members. We know this can make a significant difference in generating greater diversity at our auditions.

If you are interested in helping us build the kind of diverse and inclusive theatre company that our community deserves, please contact us so we can work together in this endeavor. Your support is greatly needed, and much appreciated.