Ghost Light


The Drama League Presents: The Ghost Light Campaign 


Help us provide direct support to Directors during the COVID-19 Crisis


ghost light is an electric light that is left energized 

on the stage of a theater when the theater is unoccupied 

and would otherwise be completely dark.


Directors are Leaders of the Theater.

 In this time of chaos, we need leaders more than ever. 

Help us help Directors lead the theater from darkness to curtain up. 

We built their home, and we're keeping the light on.


When theaters closed in March, The Drama League immediately went to work to assess directors’ needs and provide them with key resources and rapid response funds to help them through this moment. As our COVID-19 Stage Directors Impact Report shows, financial losses suffered by directors in the first month of the closures alone totaled more than $5.49 million. With your help, The Drama League is working to combat these losses by:

  • Providing unrestricted emergency grants of $500 to 77 directors to help them meet their needs while their productions are postponed or canceled

  • Awarding Fellowships and Residencies to 16 extraordinary directors for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons - meet them here!

  • Producing two new digital series spotlighting directors: In Conversation and #Collaboration

  • Hosting the first ever Gratitude Awards, a star-studded digital event celebrating collaboration in theatre

There is more work to be done as we look toward the reopening of theaters in 2021, and we need your help! There are several ways you can participate in the Ghost Light Campaign: 

  • Donate directly to our Ghost Light Campaign

    • A portion of each contribution will go to the Directors Emergency Relief Fund, which provides direct financial assistance to directors who have lost work and need help to make ends meet through the duration of the crisis. 

  • Take our COVID-19 Impact Survey for Directors to help us access critical funding from grants

When theaters start taking steps to reopen, the role of the director will be even more important. We are so grateful for your support, and we will keep you updated as we look toward the future of theatre. Directors will lead us back, and we hope you will join us when they do.


For questions, please reach out to Helen O'Rourke, Individual Giving Manager (she, her, hers):


212-244-9494 ext 105