Sam White | Panel Discussion
"Gender Parity and the Classical Canon", a panel discussion about casting concerns for Shakespeare festivals and theatres that specialize in producing the classics. The panel consists of Geoffrey Kent (Director, Actor and Fight Choreographer), Sam White (Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Detroit), Dawn Monique Williams (Artistic Associate at Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Lisa Wolpe (Artistic Director of Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company), and Frank Honts (Dramaturg at the Utah Shakespeare Festival). This discussion will be moderated byJack Greenman, (Associate Professor of Voice & Speech at Southern Methodist University and Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework).
Native Detroiter Samantha White created the template for Shakespeare in Detroit in 2012 after several years of experience as an actor and theater patron. She used her decade of experience as a journalist to create awareness in the community which resulted in an audience of 500 for the company's debut at Grand Circus Park in August 2013. To date, the company has engaged with more than 3,000 Michiganders, and others, in venues that include Grand Circus Park, Recycle Here, New Center Park, The Whitney and YMCA Boll.
Sam has produced five shows since the inception of Shakespeare in Detroit -- "Othello", "Antony and Cleopatra", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Tempest." She is currently producing "King Lear" and "Macbeth" for performances in 2015. Recently, Sam was named one of Crain's Detroit's 40 Under 40, which honors the community's high achievers. She also gave a passionate talk at the 2014 TEDxDetroit conference at the Detroit Opera House in September.
Sam has been featured in Crain’s Detroit Business, Fox 2 news Detroit, HOUR Detroit magazine, Michigan Radio, WDET, The Detroit News, WDIV Channel 4 News, Detroit Free Press, BBC World News (upcoming, March 2015) and Southwest Magazine (February 2015).