School of Theatre and Dance Joins Ghostlight Project

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce its participation in The Ghostlight Project, an event taking place throughout the United States theatre (and dance) community.

The Ghostlight Project is inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theater, so that when a theater goes dark at the end of the night, safety and visibility remains for all who enter.

On January 19, the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University will join more than 500 theaters and educational theatre programs to affirm its committment to be a beacon of light for all and pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion. From Broadway to high school auditoriums, the Ghostlight Project brings together the theatre community in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The School of Theatre and Dance embraces and upholds these values and is committed to being a safe and brave space where all are welcome. 

"Like a ghost light, the light we create will represent our commitment to safeguard freedoms," said School of Theatre and Dance Director Eric van Baars. "The light will symbolize safe harbor for our values and for any among us who find ourselves targeted because of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, sexual identity or dissident actions in the coming years."

According to the organizers of The Ghostlight Project initiative, "a brave space" is a space where:

  • It is safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  
  • Diverse opinions, dissent, and argument are not only tolerated, but invited.
  • Active listening and courageous exchange are fundamental values.
  • Collective action, activism, and community engagement, both within and outside the walls of the theater, are cultivated, encouraged, and supported.

The School of Theatre and Dance's gathering will take place at 5:30pm in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Kent State University Center for the Performing Arts. Members of the School's faculty, staff and student body will illuminate the darkness within Stump Theatre, pledging that Kent State's School of Theatre and Dance will be a space where all are welcome.

For more information on The Ghostlight Project, please visit

For more information on the School of Theatre and Dance's participation in The Ghostlight Project, please contact Joni Koneval at


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POSTED: Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 1:08am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 11:55am
Joni Koneval