Andrew White (he/him/his) is a founding Ensemble Member of Lookingglass, where he recently completed two terms as Artistic Director and currently serves as Director of Community Engagement. He has participated as an actor, director, or writer in the workshop and development of more than forty Lookingglass original adaptations and world premieres. He directed the 2016 production of Aaron Posner’s Life Sucks; wrote the book and lyrics for the 2012 production, Eastland: A New Musical; co-wrote the 2011 world-premiere, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison (subsequently produced at the Falcon Theatre in LA); wrote and directed the 2004 adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, which received a Jeff Award for best Adaptation; and wrote and directed the company’s 1989 production of Of One Blood, about the 1964 murders of Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman in Mississippi.
As Director of Community Engagement, Andrew is focused on building sustained relationships with community partner organizations. Since 1990 he has participated as both a teaching artist and administrator with Lookingglass Education and Community programs, working with students of all ages to create new work of their own. This has included developing and implementing arts-integrated units in elementary and high schools; facilitating faculty workshops in schools across the Chicagoland area; and working with teenagers across the city to use theater as a means of engaging their peers in dialogue about community issues, from HIV to racism. He has taught Acting as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and National Louis University. Andrew has been a facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League, led Summer Institute sessions with teachers for Facing History and Ourselves, and has worked in corporate, non-profit, and classroom environments, structuring and facilitating conversations with participants around organizational and community issues. In 2007, Andrew co-founded Mosaic Experience, a company dedicated to dialogue and an arts-based approach to facilitating conversations about diversity with educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations throughout Chicagoland. He lives in Evanston where his family includes his wife Shari, their two progeny, Julia and Asher, and a cat named Jane.
Bio as of 2017
B.S. in Performance Studies, Northwestern University