From neighborhood puppet shows as a child to performing along HC students in the theater, George White, professor of theater arts and chair of the department, has been involved in theater production for over 45 years.
Since he started teaching at HC in 1976, White has seen the theater program completely change, as the theater was renovated and curriculum reworked.
Forensics was removed from the program and the focus shifted to become more performance-oriented in 1988. Until then, White has not only directed plays and taught but also coached HC’s speech team.
With at least three plays each year, White has directed over 100 plays at Hastings College.
“Each play has had its own challenges and its own rewards,” White said.
As for the future of the program, he expects it to continue to change as it always has because theater is an ephemeral art. It’s in the nature of the area to change, White said, much the same as tearing down the set after a production and beginning to brainstorm for the next one.
White plans to spend more time with his wife and grandchildren as well as riding his motorcycle after retirement.
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