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Sam White

Founding Artistic and Executive Director, Shakespeare in Detroit

Sam White, founder of Shakespeare in Detroit, has won several awards during her tenure at the helm of the organization, including an honor from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan for “Excellence in Theatre” in 2014, Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40 Under 40” also in 2014, and the “Breakthrough Award” from the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2015. 

White served as the director of “Twelfth Night” at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2019, and recently completed the director’s intensive at Yale University. She was part of the inaugural 2019 cohort for classical directing fellows at the Old Globe in San Diego. 

White also served as the assistant director for Antoni Cimolino’s 2018 production of “The Tempest” at the Stratford Festival, and participated in the 2017 Paul Nicholson Arts Management Fellowship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She was also a member of the 2017 artEquity cohort in Los Angeles.