Ghostlight Theatre is located at:

13541 West Camino Del Sol

Sun City West, AZ 85375

(623) 252-5127

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.

About Us

Ghostlight Theatre was started in 2010 by Matt & Karen McAuley.  They had little more than a few bucks in their pocket, 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 highschool 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).  Our next goal is to improve our theatre's lighting and sound systems to enhance our shows.  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.  Thank you!

Ghostlight Officers, Theatre Staff & Advisory Council 


Daniel Tenney

Board Member President

Daniel Tenney is a local teacher, playwright, composer, and actor. He was most recently seen acting on the Ghostlight stage in “Barefoot in the Park” and his writing was most recently featured with the musicals “Alexandra Faust”, “The Red Death” and "World of Possibilities".


Matt McAuley

Executive Director - Board Member

Matt has been involved with theatre for 25 years, mostly as an actor. Previous credits include Tully Bascum in The Mouse that Roared, General Bullmoose in Little Abner, Ivan in Art and Claude in The Dinner Party. Matt has also performed stand-up comedy at the Tempe Improv. Recently Matt has directed the Fourth Wall, Moby Dick the Musical, Alzheimer's the Musical and Little Nell. He received a Masters of Education in Educational Intervention from Ottawa University in 2002. Matt co-founded Ghostlight Theatre in 2010 and currently serves as the Executive DIrector. He is thrilled to be doing what he loves.

Karen McAuley

Board of Directors

Karen received a Bachelor of Arts in HR and Business Administration from Ottawa in 2003 and earned her MBA from Ottawa University in 2013. Growing up, Karen was heavily involved in theatre and since that time, has performed in a number of theatre productions; including My Fair Lady, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Miracle Worker, The Actor's Nightmare, Rumors and The Wizard of Oz. Most recently, Karen was the Stage Manager for Moon Over Buffalo and Directed The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow at Ghostlight Theatre. Karen can normally be found working the Box Office at Ghostlight and supporting theatre operations for both Youth and Mainstage productions. When she's not working backstage or in the business office at Ghostlight, she enjoys spending time with her beautiful family and children. Karen is a big believer in community theatre and would like to thank our volunteers and patrons for their ongoing support.

Megan Tenney

Board Member - Financial Director

Megan has been active in theatre for the past 18 years, performing in local and summer stock theatres in Maine, where she grew up. Megan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre and Theatre Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2005. Later that year she moved to Arizona and spent several years directing and choreographing musicals in the Tucson area. She is also an award-winning show choir choreographer.

Helene Benigno

Board Member  

Helene Benigno theater resume includes roles in many stage productions. Some favorite roles include Ann Deever in All My Sons, Meg McGrath from Crimes of the Heart, Corie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park and Margo Wendice from Dial M for Murder (the last two done at Ghostlight). Her last role was the Lip Service Escort in Romantic Fools. Helene has also directed and/or written over a half dozen productions from New York to AZ. She also runs the Phoenix branch of the Young Writers’ Academy which teaches creative writing and performing to kids and teens. Helene has worked as a professional actor and model in New York, Boston, and now Arizona currently under agent representation with Dani’s Agency. Here most recent work with them includes a small role in the film Legends from the Sky which was released nationally last year and is currently on DVD.
Christina Maxwell  Theatre Assistant

Christina Maxwell is an award-winning actress. She earned her B.S. in Theatrical Performance from NAU, as well as received the University's Theatrical Department's Award for "Best Ensemble" for her role as "Townsperson" in the production of Mother Hicks, in addition to the Dept.'s Patron Choice Awards of "Best Actor" and "Best Supporting Actor" for her roles as Basque and Dubois in the production of The School for Lies. After graduating from NAU, Christina had the special opportunity to utilize her talents at the Walt Disney World Company as a Character Performer through the Disney College Internship. She has now returned to the West Valley to explore Arizona's entertainment industry. When she isn't acting at local theaters or in independent films, she can be found helping Matt at Ghostlight Theatre, or providing assistance at the Arizona Office of Film & Digital Media. 

Don Bollar  Box Office Volunteer Coordinator 

Don is enjoying an active and fulfilling life in retirement.  In addition to travel and participation in golf and bocce, he volunteers at the computer club in Sun City Grand, works as a Sun Dancer at the spring training ball park in Surprise, and is an avid patron of live theatre at numerous venues in the greater Phoenix area.  He eagerly volunteers at Ghostlight because he strongly believes in the value and importance of community theatre.

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