The Ghostlight Stage Company is a brand new nonprofit arts organization and professional theater company in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Ghostlight Stage Company is just as the name suggests. Similarly to how a ghost light in a theater is a constant reliable source of light at all times regardless of if the theater is open or not, we hope to be that for our community of artists and our patrons alike. With a commitment of always hiring 80% of all teams for any given project to be made up of local Greater Cincinnati professional artists, we are a company for the community BY the community.
We believe in accessible, affordable art for all to enjoy, mentoring and fostering young talent, unique community-engaging art experiences and theatrical productions with inclusive storytelling ranging from reinventing old classics for the modern audience to cutting edge new works by Cincinnati playwrights.
The Ghostlight was founded by Alyssa Batsakis, with the support of her sister, Eliana Batsakis and artistic colleague, Aiden Dalton. After years of dreaming up a company while living on the East Coast she found there was not a better place to make her vision come to life than in her hometown of Cincinnati. In the fall of 2022 Alyssa moved back to the Cincinnati area after almost a decade away working professionally as an actor, host and acting coach on the East Coast and got to work brainstorming. She met Aiden in September of 2022 while working on a show together and found they both, along with her sister Eliana, all had similar goals and visions for what the future of the Cincinnati arts scene, and even the arts industries at large, could be. They all got to work once April 2023 rolled around The Ghostlight Stage Company officially became recognized as a tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We established our first Board of Directors after meeting with many amazing Cincinnati artists and nonprofit professionals, and our first event was scheduled for May of 2023.
ALYSSA BATSAKIS (she/her)
CEO/President & Producing Artistic Director
Alyssa Batsakis came up with the idea for The Ghostlight Stage Company after dreaming of owning her own nonprofit arts company for as long as she can remember. She holds a BFA from The University of the Arts in Musical Theater and has worked professionally as an actor, vocalist, host, youth director/choreographer, acting coach and teaching artist. She recently returned to the Cincinnati area after almost a decade on the East Coast.
As an actor she has worked in famous venues like Ars Nova in NYC and Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in CT helping develop new work and has taken on roles in professional regional theater companies across America in shows like A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Beehive, the 60s Musical, American Idiot, Mary Poppins, and more. She has also appeared on-screen in several commercials for companies like Penn Medicine, Backstage.com, Aloft Hotel, Spoiled Child, Wasabi Technologies, Visit Indiana and more. Upcoming: Alyssa will be seen in the feature film, Another Day. As a teaching artist, Alyssa has worked with companies like Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Walnut Street Theatre, Cincinnati Arts Association, Storybook Musical Theater, American Legacy Theatre, Cincinnati Actor's Studio and Academy, and more. Alyssa also runs her own private acting coaching business that is conducted mainly over zoom. She has taught students all over the world from the USA to Sweden to Israel to Hong Kong and counting!
Alyssa loves spreading the joy of art in all its forms and can't wait to see how The Ghostlight progresses. Cincinnati is full of dedicated, talented and passionate artists and she is excited to be a part of helping foster and uplift that local talent with this company.
AIDEN DALTON (he/they)
Aiden Dalton is a native Cincinnatian and professional theatre artist. They attended Xavier University, receiving their Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre with a Writing minor. While focusing mostly on acting in college, Aiden also served as the Producing Artistic Director for Xavier Players and was able to produce over six shows while attending Xavier University. After graduating they continued their training, after being selected to attend the highly competitive Professional Acting Apprentice program at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC). In this apprenticeship, Aiden worked for a year to get more hands-on experience in as many aspects of theatre as possible, guided by industry veterans. Since then Aiden has worked professionally at companies like ETC, American Legacy Theatre, South Bank Shakes, and more. Aiden is excited to now serve as the Theatrical Director for The Ghostlight Stage Company. In his new role Aiden wants to focus their efforts on bringing further inclusivity and community to the thriving Cincinnati arts scene.
Most recently Aiden was seen in South Bank Shakespeare's productions of Romeo and Juliet and Merry Wives of Windsor this past summer. Next up, Aiden will be directing Synapse by Mary Beringer, as part of The Ghostlight's upcoming One Act Double Feature event.
ELIANA BATSAKIS (she/her)
Visual Arts Director
Eliana Batsakis is a fashion designer, artist, and “world-builder” based in Cincinnati, OH. She thrives in the space where costume and fashion intersect and play. Eliana is a freelancing fashion designer and creative director- very much enjoying collaborative work between artists.
Often told she “laughs at everything,” Eliana brings joy and humor into each of her collections. From a small town in southwest Ohio, her favorite pastime growing up was making up stories and creating worlds to explore with her cousins. These innocent activities carefully evolved into an artistic practice. Through voluminous and colorful garments, she hopes to create other realms in which her viewer can enter and exit with ease.
Eliana has multiple recognitions from the CFDA, a designer profile on Runway360, and showed independently on a sponsorship with Atlantic City Fashion Week. She was most recently seen competing on Netflix's fashion competition series: Next in Fashion, Season 2, which premiered in March 2023.
Eliana currently enjoys soul fulfilling work in her free time that gives back to the community. She recently completed a mural project at the Cincinnati International Airport with ArtWorks Cincinnati leading a team of youth apprentices. Eliana hopes to continue to tie together her interests of community service, story-telling, and design with her role as the Visual Arts Director at The Ghostlight Stage Company.
Board of Directors
We are always looking to connect with fellow community members, local businesses, artists and more! How can we best serve Cincinnati as a new nonprofit?