GhostLight Artistic Director & Founder
Before founding The GhostLight Theatre, Paul Mow was an accomplished tenor for the New York City Opera for five years, performing several engagements at Carnegie Hall and at the Lincoln Center. His lifelong dedication to the arts has fueled his passion for what he saw as a need for a “more immersive performing experience in Southwest Michigan” which sparked plans for what is now GhostLight.
Paul’s theatrical career includes Director of Theatre at Southwestern Michigan College, Director of the Twin City Players and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, plus over a decade of producing countless celebrated shows in the Midwest including The Heights, The Secret Garden, SHREK: The Musical, Amahl & The Night Visitors, and Stone Soup: A Children’s Opera.
Currently the Theatre Coordinator for Lake Michigan College, Paul earned his BA in Communications and Musical Arts from the University of Michigan where he was also a member of the prestigious Men's Glee Club.
It was the week of our first show and it was opening weekend of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. We'd had so many ups and downs and our entire team was working around the clock to prepare for this new vision, an onslaught of audience members (sold out houses!), an impending visit from the musical's Tony winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, the CircEsteem camp was in full swing, along with 6 full-time interns performing alongside professionals in our cast from around the country. We had a couple of minor technical hiccups on opening night (thursday), and literally had to SHUT down our 2nd show (Friday night) at intermission due to a water main break! But this was Saturday night. It just felt like it was going to be different, and it was. We had a full house, all the performers hit their marks splendidly, the show ran without a hitch, all the toilets flushed (and KEPT flushing) simultaneously, and the show was as spectacular as I hoped it might be. The orchestra was top notch, the singers all gave their hearts and souls to their roles, and this was truly the first night I felt like we soared. All of us, an entire team together soaring to great heights, and I just can't wait to do it all again.
For a myriad of reasons (most notably the pandemic), we haven't fully gotten back to that since the summer of 2019, but that collective high that an entire cast, crew, orchestra and theatre company can feel together is a synergy that I simply can't wait to feel again. We'll get back there soon, and I hope that everyone is there on opening night to feel it too. We can't do it without every single one of you, both on and off the GhostLight stage.