SLU Joins the Ghostlight Project

On january 19, 2017, St. Lawrence University, along with more than 500 theaters across the country, participated in an event named the “Ghostlight Project.”

“The ghost light is a single bulb on a tall fixture left in the theatre after all the lights are turned off,” according to Angela Sweigart-Gallagher, assistant professor of performance and communication arts and event organizer. “It serves a highly practical purpose of ensuring that no one falls off the edge of a darkened stage, but it also has some superstitious stories around it. Some people think that a ghost light keeps mischievous or evil spirits at bay, others think that if there are spirits haunting a theatre it keeps them happy.”

Sweigart-Gallagher explains that this event, however, has been imagined in response to some of the darker discourse that has been circulating in the public sphere during and since the recent highly contentious election. Rather than focusing on that negative energy, this event focuses on coming together to affirm shared values. 

“The theater community has always been a safe haven for a diverse range of people, and this event reaffirms that tradition,” says Sweigart-Gallagher.

Participants were invited to make, or renew, a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Learn more about the project at