Sam White on Fox 2 News Detroit, 2012

Shakespeare in Detroit on Fox 2 News Detroit, 2013

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Oh, how I remember sweet, sweet September

September was an amazing month. I got to see Oprah at the Life You Want Tour (no, I didn't meet her...not yet), and I gave a TED talk.

I love TED talks. Folks like Malcolm Gladwell and Elizabeth Gilbert have given talks that have made me think deeper and inspired my own passions.

TEDx Detroit was at the Detroit Opera House this year. The home of one of my idols, David Dichiera -- Founder and Artistic Director of the Michigan Opera Theatre. So when I was asked to give a talk at TEDx Detroit about my baby, Shakespeare in Detroit, and in that location, I was floored. I was so excited.

It was by far my favorite moment this year. I was able to introduce "King Lear" with one of my favorite actors, Peter Knox, to an audience that was there with the intention to receive and give good energy. I was intoxicated with all the love I felt in that moment from the attentive audience. And it felt like divine order that I would give a talk in that space, at this time.

Thank you Detroit for having my back on this journey with The Bard.

As I said in my talk, I am living, breathing proof that dreams come true. I thank everyone who has helped me go further than my dreams. I feel the momentum.

I am excited for the future.

(P.s. Shakespeare in Detroit will present "King Lear" in April 2015).


Crain's Detroit Business, 40 Under 40 class of 2014

I am so excited to share that I made Crain's Detroit Business' 40 Under 40 list for 2014!

How exciting to have a creative entity -- a theatre company --  honored with so many awesome professional innovators.

It warms my heart as an artist to have Crain's understand and celebrate the arts with other businesses in the community.

I am thrilled. I am grateful. And I can't wait to meet the rest of my awesome class next month for the celebration at MGM Detroit!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Shakespeare in Detroit kicks off its second season with a splash

After a successful inaugural season, Shakespeare in Detroit plans to keep their momentum going by opening their second season with “The Tempest.” Audience members will experience magic with Shakespeare's magician, Prospera, in the comfort of the Marlene Boll Theater inside the YMCA Detroit.

“The Tempest” chronicles the story of Prospera, a magician, who has been living on a primitive island with her daughter for the past 12 years. The play opens with a tempest caused by Prospera to attack the ship carrying the man that initially betrayed and exiled her to the island. Following the shipwreck, the play chronicles each character’s experiences ashore.

Returning audience members of Shakespeare in Detroit will recognize a few familiar faces from previous shows as well as new faces that have recently joined the Detroit-based company. “The Tempest” is directed by Chris Mick with costumes by Kate Nelson and set design by Cal Schwartz.

Showtimes for “The Tempest” are Saturday, September 20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 21 at 2 p.m. at 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, Michigan 48226. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door (if available) for $25 per ticket.

If you would like more information please find Shakespeare in Detroit on Facebook and signup for updates at For questions about Shakespeare in Detroit’s upcoming season please contact

About Shakespeare in Detroit
Shakespeare in Detroit is a site-specific Shakespeare company that performs in the places where people live, work and play by creating high-quality theater. Shakespeare in Detroit debuted its first show in 2013 to an audience of more than 500 people for a performance of "Othello." Six months later the company performed "Antony and Cleopatra" to a nearly sold-out audience at Recycle Here, as well as an 800 person audience in New Center Park for the company’s summer show "A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Shakespeare in Detroit is committed to bringing unique experiences to the city’s – and surrounding area – residents.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TEDx Detroit meets Shakespeare in Detroit

I am so excited to share that I will be speaking at TEDx Detroit on September 30th!

It's a dream come true for someone like me who loves public speaking, is a HUGE fan of TED talks and the fact that it is taking place at the Detroit Opera House, home of one of my idols, David DiChiera,  makes it that much sweeter.

Learn more about this awesome event and register to attend here: .

More details about my talk, soon.

I am so humbled and grateful for the all the beautiful blessings this year. Incredible!



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Shakespeare in Detroit Closes the 2013-14 season at The Whitney

Hi guys --

Brunch. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the garden. Mimosas.

If all of the above sound delicious to you, make sure to call The Whitney restaurant in Detroit to make reservations for "Brunch with the Bard." We'll be closing our season at the historical venue with delicious food and fare -- not to mention, great entertainment.

Tickets are $75. You can call The Whitney at 313.832.5700 for more information.

Check out our appearance on Fox 2 News Detroit to learn more about the performance and what's on the menu!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My first Op-Ed for The Detroit News

I have been writing for a long time, but I have never written for my hometown paper. That is until now!

Last week, I had the opportunity to write an opinion editorial for The Detroit News. That was sweet enough. But the fact that I was able to write about my mission to create a Shakespeare company here in the city made it an experience that is beyond my wildest dreams.

Here it is, if you'd like to check it out:

So grateful for all the blessings this year!

Thank you to everyone who has supported the journey.

~ Sam

Blog Archive

Clip from my performance at The Detroit Shoppe in May 2011

Sam White Singing "Abie Baby" in HAIR

Me (Sam White) Hosting John Heffron's comedy show in Ann Arbor, MI

Me Circa '05 Performing "Big Spender" with some other ladies

Sam White Singing "White Boys" in HAIR

Performing Stand-up in Chicago

"I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good"