In honor of our new episode on Activism in the theatre community, we wanted to hear from more artists about why it is important for them to be activists. Michael Mahany, actor and correspondent for Dance Network, told us why it was important for him to participate in The Ghostlight Project this winter.
"First and foremost, at the core— for most of us anyway— we are artists, and in accepting our chosen occupation comes the responsibility to reflect the change we want to see in our society. Initially, I was nervous to attend the evening of The Ghostlight Project’s launch, as activism in the sense of actively fighting for social change, is something to which, I’ll sheepishly admit, I was still fairly new."
"But that night— to be there in that incredible place with those hundreds of incredible people, resisting hate and standing for love, and (literally) shining lights on inclusion, equality, and social justice… it felt real and powerful and important; and most significantly for me, it woke me up. It woke me up to the power of an impassioned group of diverse artists and to the power of actually being there together."
"I think because part of our job is to communicate clearly, effectively, and passionately, we as a theatrical community will continue to act as a leader in sociopolitical activism. And, contemporary movements like The Ghostlight Project are the vehicles we will use to spread the love on a national scale."