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White, Bob

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Bob White

Director, dramaturg, and Artistic Director, from 1999 to 2009, of Alberta Theatre Projects. He was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1949 and studied at Loyola College (now Concordia) and the University of Alberta.

He has been active in Canadian theatre since the early 1970s, specializing in the creation and nurturing of new playwrights and plays. At ATP, before he became Artistic Director, he was in charge of playRites which presented over 50 new works during his 13-year tenure. Among the playwrights whose premieres he has directed are Clem Martini (A Change of Minds), Eugene Stickland (A Guide to Mourning), Brad Fraser (Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love), Paul Ledoux (The Children of the Night) Rachel Wyatt (several of her short works), and Stephen Massicotte (Mary's Wedding 2002, which he again directed at ATP in 2012).

He was the first Artistic Director of Playwrights' Workshop (1975-78) and served as Artistic Director at Factory Theatre (1979-87).

He has also directed works from outside Canada including Wit, How I Learned to Drive, Angels in America (with D. Michael Dobbin) and Oleanna among others.

In 2009 he became a consulting director for the Stratford Festival, and was a dramaturg for King of Thieves by George F. Walker. In 2012, he was dramaturg for Hirsch created by Alon Nashman and Paul Thompson. He is currently the director of new plays at Stratford.

In December 2009, Bob White was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, for his “contributions as a dramaturge in the creation, development and production of hundreds of new Canadian plays, and for his role in the promotion of arts and culture in Alberta.”

In 2018, he was presented with the G.E. Lessing Award for Career Achievement by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, for bringing hundreds of new plays to the stage.

Of his work as a dramaturg and director, he says: “That’s the satisfaction of the job, knowing that you’ve helped nurture, the way a gardener nurtures plants, and all of sudden it’s there in full bloom” (www.stratfordbeaconherald.com 29 June 18).

Profile by Anne Nothof, Athabasca University

Last updated 2018-07-01