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Why The Ghost Light Effect?

Naming anything is difficult. For anyone who has ever written an essay or a song, created a work of art, or even written an email, you know that the hardest part is coming up with a title that reflects your subject while inviting curiosity – all in a few words.

We knew we wanted to do a podcast that highlights the effect that an early experience in the arts can have on the rest of someone's life, regardless of the trajectory they follow.

After a lot of fruitless "brainstorming," we stumbled across the concept of the halo effect, which describes how a positive impression of something or someone in one area leads to a positive impression in another. For example, the impression that because someone is good-looking, they must be a good person.

Of course, this is often a mistaken assumption, so the concept of the halo effect doesn't apply directly to our concept. We want to tell the truth. So, we made our own version; The Ghost Light Effect describes the phenomenon by which values learned in Theatre have a positive impact on every other aspect of a person's life. 

Beyond that, the ghost light is a symbol of hope. That single light that illuminates the stage when we've all left the building is a reminder that we will be coming back. 


Who Are We?

The hosts:

Marybeth Clark is our Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education. 

Luke Walchuk is our Resident Sound Designer, Sound Engineer, and Composer.

Other key people:

Crystin Gilmore is a long-time friend and collaborator of Charleston Stage. She is the very first voice you hear, providing the introduction to the podcast.

Beth Curley is our Director of Marketing and Resident Graphic Designer. She designed our snazzy logo and helps us get the word out about the podcast.

Julian Wiles is our Artistic Director and the founder of Charleston Stage. He's helping us guide our vision, and cheering us on.