Zoe Phillips is a journalist with a love for dance, media and culture. As a writer, she's especially appreciative of words that feel like dancing feet and sentences that sound like musical notes — bonus points if the end result tells a story you didn't even know you needed to hear. Her work has been featured in Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, Inside Higher Ed and The Michigan Daily. Originally from California, Zoe now lives in Ann Arbor and serves as Managing Arts Editor at The Michigan Daily

GHOST LIGHTS AND INSTAGRAM LIKES

This series ran weekly from May through August of 2020 in The Michigan Daily

It’s said that every theater is inhabited by at least one ghost and contrary to legends propagated by Halloween, these ghosts do not like the dark. Thus, when the curtain falls and a theater’s house empties, an employee will leave a light — a ghost light — to burn onstage until the performers return. Across the world, ghost lights have remained on and untouched for months. But the lives of performers continue offstage, each day adding pressure to find performance spaces on digital platforms. What happens when the ghost lights keep burning and we’re left with a stage wholly mediated by posts, shares, comments and likes? 

Updated 2021. Many thanks to Emily Considine for the header art at the top & bottom of these pages!