About Us

Ghostlight Theatre is located at:

13541 West Camino Del Sol

Sun City West, AZ 85375

(623) 777-9717


Our Board Of Directors

Laura Vines - Executive Director

Laura was an original founding member of Ghostlight Theatre, serving on the Board of Directors as Secretary/Treasurer from 2010 - 2015. She returned to the Ghostlight Board in 2021 and is thrilled to have the privilege to now serve as Executive Director. Laura holds a BA degree in Theater Arts from Pepperdine University and an MBA from Louisiana State University Shreveport. She taught high school theater at Liberty High School in the Peoria Unified School District from 2008 - 2011, and served on the AZ State Thespian Board during the same time. The majority of her career has been spent with The Disney Store, where she worked as a store manager and area manager for over 16 years. She currently works as an HRBP for Omnicare, a division of CVS Health. Laura lives in Goodyear, AZ with her husband, Richard, and their two children, Skye and Eddie. 

Rebecca Ulbrich - Production Manager

Rebecca has been involved in theatre since her teenage years, knowing from a young age that she wanted to live her life in the performing arts. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from Arizona State University. Over the years, she worked with several theatres across the valley such as Detour Co Theatre, Brelby Productions and TheaterWorks. However, it is Rebecca’s greatest honor to serve as Production Manager for Ghostlight Theatre. Rebecca is proud to have an extensive theatrical resume spanning many theatrical disciplines including acting, stage managing, directing and technical work. Her technical experience includes scenic design/construction, scenic painting, costume design, makeup/hair design, lighting design, sound design, run crew work, acting coach work and prop design/construction (Zoni nominated). Rebecca was previously a teacher for several years, teaching theatre to students grades Kindergarten through 12th throughout her teaching career. Currently, Rebecca works for the State of Arizona. Rebecca is lucky enough to go home every night to her wonderful husband Chris and their 3 lovely, but occasionally rambunctious, dogs. 

GinaKay Howell- Secretary/ Treasurer

GinaKay has been onstage for over twenty years and is glad to finally have the opportunity to work behind the scenes and on this Board of Directors. She received two Bachelor's degrees in Musical Theatre and Drama Education from California State University San Bernardino. She has been nominated and received several acting awards including Best Supporting Actress in a play for “Hand to God” at Generic Theatre in Virginia. She and her husband Michael have lived all over the country traveling for his work in the United States Navy. She dedicates all her work on and offstage to his support. 

Justin Harris - Front of House Director

Justin received his BA degree in Theatre from Arizona State University. He is honored to serve as the Front of House Director on Ghostlight’s Board. He is a project manager with the State of Arizona, where he has worked for over 10 years. Justin has acted in numerous shows in the Valley, as well in Chicago, Illinois and Traverse City, Michigan. He earned an AriZoni Award for his performance in Ghostlight Theatre’s production of "Don’t Dress For Dinner." He is blessed with an amazing wife and two fantastic children. 

Gini Roberts - Marketing Director

Gini is currently the Senior Director of Media & Sponsorships at the marketing consulting firm Convince & Convert. Equipped with 15 years of marketing experience and an MBA in Global Management, she is excited to use her skills to benefit the Arizona community by serving on the board at Ghostlight Theatre. Gini is always up for an adventure – whether that is visiting new cities, camping by a lake or taking her children grocery shopping.

Gabriel Escudero - Web Manager

Gabe Escudero is a non-binary artist in the valley. They have directed multiple shorts, one acts and full length plays. They have been involved in various productions at Theatreworks, Ghostlight, Mesa Encore Theatre and B3 Theater Inc.  Gabe also sits as President for the B3 Theater Board of Directors. 

Richard Vines - Member at Large

Richard Vines is an original founder of Ghostlight Theatre. He has a Bachelors in Theatre Performance from Northern Arizona University. Richard has written, acted, produced, and directed numerous plays and musicals, including directing the first ten shows at Ghostlight. He has been a Drama teacher since 2010 and has spent the past 10 years at BASIS Goodyear.  He earned an Arizoni Award for his role as George in Ghostlight Theatre’s production of Don’t Dress for Dinner and has also been featured at Stand Up Live. He has an amazing wife and 2 unbelievable teens, as well as two crazy dogs. Go Dbacks! 

Ghostlight Theatre's Mission

The mission of Ghostlight Theatre is to entertain, educate and enrich the community through dramatic arts by offering a quality and diverse theater experience.   Ghostlight Theatre provides opportunities for the community to express their artistic abilities in a number of different ways.  Whether people want to be onstage, backstage, or just relax and enjoy a show, there will be something for everyone.

Ghostlight's History

Ghostlight Theatre was started in 2010. With little more than a couple bucks, a few local volunteers and a handful of dedicated and talented actors. What began as a quiet dream, grew into a 501(3) non-profit organization over the first year, with five Board Members.   For the first three seasons, Ghostlight actors performed in high school auditoriums and multi-purpose facilities in Surprise, including The Valley Vista Performing Arts Center.  

In 2013, we were blessed with an opportunity to open our own theater, in a cozy space in Sun City West, where we still perform today.  We raised $15,000 to renovate a small retail location into an intimate performance area, including a small lobby, raised stage, space for 77 audience members, dressing rooms, and small back room for props and costumes. We added two new Board Members at that time, and in 2014, we added a Youth Theatre program. We also invested an additional $10,000 over the summer for theatre renovations (stage expansion, backroom renovations, and an additional exit door).

Just like the rest of the world, 2020 was a hard year for Ghostlight Theatre. The performance space sat empty for a whole year while we waited for the COVID-19 pandemic to subside. We finally reopened in the spring of 2021 and are so happy to be back in person, entertaining and engaging with our community once again!

 Ghostlight's Future

In early 2022, Ghostlight Theatre elected a new Board of Directors to head up our day to day operations. Our new board has no shortage of ideas for growing and improving the theater over the next few seasons. We will continue to host fundraising events and 50/50 raffles during each show to help us make our dreams become reality. Some of our future plans include new seating for the theater, a new sound board & microphones, and reviving the youth theater program. We appreciate the efforts of every volunteer, each patron, every actor, sponsor, and community member for their continued support and financial contributions. It is truly due to your support that we can do what we love and keep the arts alive and well in the West Valley. Thank you!

Ghostlight Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations are tax deductible. Tax ID 27-1656052