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Dr. Ann Folino White

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

Dr. Ann Folino White is a scholar and theatre artist. She 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 teaching interests include stage directing, performance theory, and American theatrical and popular performance from the late-nineteenth century to the early-twentieth century.Dr. Folino White’s scholarship on American drama, protest, and performances has appeared in American Drama, Text and Performance Quarterly, Performing Arts Resources, Women and Performance and TDR: The Drama Review. Her book, Plowed Under: Food Policy Protests and Performance in New Deal America
(Indiana University Press, 2014) explores the significance of theatrical strategies to shaping public discourse about the morality of New Deal agricultural policy. Dr. Folino White is co-editor of the book, Food & Theatre on the World Stage, which features essays from international scholars that consider food as a transhistorical, global phenomenon across theatre genres (Routledge, 2015).

She has also served as a dramaturg for Appletree Theatre and Writers’ Theatre in the Chicago-area, and as a new play reader for Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Select directing credits for MSU DOT include The Grapes of Wrath, In the Blood, and Macbeth. Dr. Folino White directed her adaptation of poetry, The Lady Victory (by Jane Vincent Taylor, Turning Point Press 2012), which explores the experiences of girls sent to a maternity home for unwed mothers in 1960s Oklahoma.