Financial Literacy for Artists Workshop
On February 5, 2024 we kicked off our Shining a Light Workshop and Lecture Series (funded in part by ArtsWave) with our Financial Literacy for Artists Workshop! This workshop was led by Julie Locker, a local finance expert and artist in Cincinnati. Participants were guided through topics like budgeting, funding artistic projects, saving for retirement and more!
This workshop was recorded for virtual viewing afterwards for those that could not attend in person.
A Holiday Cabaret
On December 22, 2023, we presented our very first Holiday Cabaret to a SOLD OUT audience, as we brought our first fiscal year to a close. It was a great celebration recognizing all we had achieved since we got started earlier in the year, with a little Holiday cheer!
Our Producing Artistic Director, Alyssa Batsakis, directed and emcee'd this show with music direction by Janet Langhorst and performances by Andrea Davies, Christian Hall, Diana Hutchinson, Linsey Rogers and Grant Zentmeyer.
Stage Intimacy Workshop
w/ Torie Wiggins
On November 6, 2023, we hosted a workshop all about Intimacy Coordination. This workshop was taught by professional theater artist, Torie Wiggins, and was targeted at Young Professionals.
During the workshop Torie gave a brief presentation on Intimacy Coordination and then led the group different exercises all based on the 5 Pillars of Intimacy.
One Act Double Feature
On October 14, 2023, The Ghostlight hosted our very first theatrical event in the form of a mini-festival of new works in staged reading format! This marked the first of what we plan to be a recurring annual event that gives the audience a look "behind the curtain" and into the process-side of developing 2 new one-act plays. This first One Act Double Feature included The Locked Door by Dedrick Weathersby, directed by A.J. Baldwin and Synapse by Mary Beringer, directed by our Theatrical Director, Aiden Dalton. Leading up to the event, casts and creative teams were given 3 rehearsals to further develop and rehearse the plays and in just one short week the plays were performed in front of an audience! In addition to having these plays in staged-reading format with light staging and some props/minimal costuming, audiences could take a look into the visions for how the pieces could be if they were to go on and be fully developed in the future. We did this by having design presentations from professional set and costume designers available in the lobby for audiences to ask questions about and view. Each performance began and ended with brief commentary from the playwrights and directors of each piece, who gave the audience even more insight as to the process of developing the work, their vision for what's to come and their motivation for creating the piece in the first place.
Overall, the event was a huge success with great turnout and we are excited to continue this One Act Double Feature event for many years to come!
Sustainable Singing Workshop
with Anna Mosoriak
On September 18, 2023, we hosted a workshop all about how to keep your voice sustainable, for a long career of singing ahead. This workshop was taught by professional vocalist and voice teacher, Anna Mosoriak, and was targeted at Young Professionals. During the workshop Anna gave a brief presentation on vocal health, different styles of singing and how to maintain them, and answered questions from the group. Additionally, some volunteers came up to sing and Anna gave them coaching on their pieces. This workshop was another partnership with Arts@ARCO, allowing us to make it FREE to attend. We had our largest turn out to date with workshop attendance and the event was a success.
Stylized Clothing Swap
On August 26, 2023, The Ghostlight partnered with The Boys & Girls Club of West Chester to put on our very first Stylized Clothing Swap!
We had all the things you love about a traditional clothing swap, but with an artistic twist! The Ghostlight solicited donations from local boutiques and the community to come up with multiple racks of free clothing for this event. During the Stylized Clothing Swap, professional Cincinnati-based stylists, Rebecca S Armstrong, Naimah Quinae and Eliana Batsakis, were available to help guests find their own unique style. Partnering with the Boys & Girls club, this swap had career readiness in mind with a focus on professional business attire and interview-ready clothing. In addition, there were free refreshments, music, and raffles available for the community to enjoy! Entry was given with a clothing donation, or pay what you could. Guests could leave with as many clothing items as they wanted, similarly to a clothing drive (but much more fashion forward)!
The event was a huge success and we will be hosting another Stylized Clothing Swap next year - stay tuned!
The Ghostlight has had a super busy start to our summer in 2023. Even as a new organization and this being our first summer, we were asked to bring arts programming to three different Greater Cincinnati summer camps for youth ages 5-13 in the month of June. Our teaching artists provided high quality workshops to students in acting, dance, painting, arts&crafts, sketching, fashion, and more!
Musical Theater Audition Workshop
with Alyssa Batsakis & Andrea Davies
On June 17, 2023 students joined us for an intensive 3 hour workshop experience, focused on the audition process for musical theater. Students were guided through the entire audition process from start to finish, as Alyssa and Andrea took them through how to find auditions, how to properly prepare for an audition, how to convey their music to the pianist at an audition, and more! Students were introduced to some advanced vocal and acting techniques to incorporate into their next audition or performance. In addition, students were given the opportunity to participate in a "mock audition" where they got to perform their audition piece live with professional pianist, Janet Langhorst. It was a fun and educational day for The Ghostlight!
Storytelling through Garment with Eliana Batsakis
On Mother's Day (May 14) we had students join us for our very first educational workshop, in partnership with Arts@ARCO. This 3 hour workshop was free of charge to students. The workshop included a presentation given by Eliana Batsakis about iconic fashion and historic costume moments. The students were then guided through creating their own design concept and left with original sketches. It was a fun day and a super successful first event for The Ghostlight!