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Sam White on Shakespeare in Detroit and A Winter's Tale at IU Theatre

A scene of Sam White's production of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale

A scene from A Winter's Tale at IU Theatre, directed by Sam White (Zach Rosing)

Sam White is a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance at IU. She is also the director for IU’s latest production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, onstage through February 25th at the Ruth N. Halls Theatre.  


Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Sam was first introduced to Shakespeare as a punishment by her mother for listening to rap music. It turns out this punishment was actually a blessing in disguise and would help pave the way to a successful directing career in the theatre industry. 


Due to her love for both Shakespeare and her hometown’s rich history, Sam was inspired to create the non-profit organization, Shakespeare in Detroit. The company is dedicated to highlighting various historical sites across the Motor City through open-air performances of Shakespeare’s works. 


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