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Sarah White
Visiting Assistant Professor in Theatre Design

A self-described “storyteller of all mediums”, Sarah’s theatrical career has spanned 13 cities, six states and two continents over the past 15 years, including two shows as a performer in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She holds a B.A. in English and Theatre Studies (concentrations in Acting/Directing and Scenic Design) from Anderson University and an M.F.A. in Scenic Design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Sarah’s work as an actor, scenic designer, painter, and properties artisan has been seen regionally in the U.S. at companies such as the Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project and Summit Performance (Indianapolis, Indiana); Minnetrista Theatre Preserves (Munice, Indiana); New Harmony Theatre (Evansville, Indiana); The Shawnee Summer Theatre of Greene County (Bloomfield, Indiana); Berkshire Theatre Group (Stockbridge, Massachusetts); The Texas Shakespeare Festival (Kilgore, Texas); Crane River Theatre Company (Kearney, Nebraska); The Coterie Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival (Kansas City, Missouri); The Lied Center for Performing Arts (Lincoln, Nebraska) and the Hollins Theatre Institute (Roanoke, Virginia).

Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 48

Phone
765-983-1646

E-mail

Office
236 Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

Office Hours
By Appointment

Website
Website Link

Programs/Departments

  • Theatre Arts
  • Shakespeare Studies Integrated Pathway

Degrees

  • M.F.A., University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • B.A., Anderson University

Selected Courses:

Theatrecraft
Design I and Design II
Theatre Production Practicum
Theatre Production Practicum Leadership
Intro to Theatre: Script Analysis, Imagination & Inclusion (Earlham Seminar II)

I am most interested in New Works of Theatre and creating them – whether as a writer, designer or performer. Theatre is, in essence, a radical act of empathy toward the other, whether that be from artist to artist, artist to audience, or vice versa. In today’s world, where differences often divide, telling our stories in an honest and innovative way can create platforms for discussion, connection and change.

There is also a recent surge of well-deserved attention to telling stories with integrity, specifically geared towards giving power to the people whose stories are being told. Are we allowed to tell stories which do not directly reflect XYZ in our identities? I am invested in wrestling with the concept of responsible storytelling with students while still providing platforms for students to step into shoes of persons different than themselves, for what better way is there to empathize than to find parts of a character or playwright, actor or designer that are like us when we thought we were completely different?

  •  Developing Dungeons & Dragons Roleplay Campaigns and Content for novels
  • Work-in-Progress of a One-Woman play about Anne Farquharson MackIntosh during the 1645 Jacobite Rebellion

I grew up as a Quaker Pastor’s kid in a variety of rural spots in the South and Midwest. Though I didn’t recognize it until near the end of my own college career, the values of my faith and the lived-out testimony in our Principles and Practices gave me a leg up on my peers when it came to carving out spaces for empathy and social justice as I began to work in closer and closer collaboration with my peers and mentors to create works of art.

In grad school, as I began to discover more of what it truly meant for me to be a storyteller, I also started to articulate how my professors in my undergraduate program had hit a perfect balance between begin good teachers, good mentors and good friends when their students needed them in all of those capacities. What I didn’t know at the time was this was something I wanted to strive to be for my own students, able to both hold them to higher standards than they might dream for themselves while also creating an empathetic space for them to deal with the difficult parts of being human we all experience.

Earlham students are true collaborators – ready to jump into a task at a moment’s notice, investigate various solutions to unique problems, and creatively build towards any number of goals they discover.

One of my favorite parts of Earlham’s student body is how many double majors and minors that students pursue. This results in what I like to call “cross-disciplinary nerding”, where a Computer Science/Theatre dual major creates an app that revolutionizes Stage Management, or where a Physics major designs lights for a theatre production. Though they may seem like isolated events, this well-rounded education allows our brains to innovate creatively in a way that specialized conservatory or STEM-only training misses.

Students at Earlham both in the classroom and out often work in tandem with their professors – this may involve the development of a new work of theatre from no script to a final production, or simply the running of a student theatre company supported by the faculty. One of Earlham’s great strengths as an academic institution is how much ownership it allows students to take over their own education and experiences – if you want to attempt something or create another opportunity for yourself and your peers, whether that’s creating a club to perform musical theatre cabaret shows or requesting workshops with industry professionals or producing a retelling of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play set during the 1980s in the South led by a lesbian couple, Earlham’s academic and co-curricular structures are welcoming and willing to help you carve that path.

Earlham’s off-campus programs, such as our recent EPIC Advantage trip to perform an original work the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, are unique in that they are a mixture of exposure to the wider world and the maintained foundation of Earlham’s core values through connection to students and faculty alike.

I enjoy hiking with my dog Gurgi on days he isn’t lazy, visiting Renaissance Faires (in a variety of costumes), traveling, writing and reading Young Adult Fiction.

Dungeons & Dragons, board games, sewing (primarily costumes), drawing, painting, and photography (I love literary themed photoshoots).

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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