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Dr. Ann Folino White

AnnFolinoWhiteLG.jpgAssistant Professor of Theatre Studies and Directing
Head of Theatre Studies

Dr. Ann Folino White, Assistant Professor of Acting, received her B.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University, M.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama along with a Gender Studies Certificate from Northwestern University. 

Dr. Folino White’s scholarly interests include performance theory, gender theory, enthodrama, critical race theory and late-nineteenth through twenty-first century US theatrical performance. She is currently at work on a book project, tentatively titled For Milk We’ve Only Water -- a study of US Depression-era protests and drama -- which explores how theatrical use of food impacts the efficacy of performance for civic participation. 

Ann’s article “In the Service of Man: Women and Male Racial Mobility in The Emperor Jones,” appeared in American Drama(2004) and her essay, “Performing the Promise of Plenty: The USDA’s 1933-34 World’s Fair Exhibits,” is forthcoming in Text and Performance Quarterly’s 2008 special issue Food and Performance, Food as Performance. Ann has presented her scholarship at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Society for Theatre Research, International Federation for Theatre Research, and Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Joint Conference. This fall, Ann will co-chair the American Society for Theatre Research seminar “Moveable Feasts” on the use of food in performance. 

In her latest artistic work, Ground to Plate, Ann co-curated, directed, and performed in an innovative "dinner theatre" event in Chicago comprised of short plays, poems, and performance art pieces concerned with ethical food production and consumption practices. Ann has also worked as a dramaturg for Appletree Theatre and Writers’ Theatre in the Chicago-area, and recently served as a new play reader for Steppenwolf Theatre Company.