Ann Folino White received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama, and a Gender Studies Certificate from Northwestern University.
Dr. Folino White’s teaching interests include stage directing and U.S. popular and political theatre from the late-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Select directing credits for MSU include The Grapes of Wrath, In the Blood, and Macbeth. In 2013, Dr. Folino White directed her theatrical adaptation of the poetry, The Lady Victory (by Jane Vincent Taylor, Turning Point Press 2012), which explores the experiences of girls sent to a maternity home for unwed mothers in 1960s Oklahoma.
Dr. Folino White has published articles on U.S. theatre, protest, and the intersections of food politics and performance in Performing Arts Resources, Performance Research, Women & Performance, TDR, Theatre Topics, and TPQ. She is contributing co-editor of Food & Theatre on the World Stage (Routledge, 2015). Her book Plowed Under: Food Policy Protests and Performance in New Deal America (Indiana University Press, 2015) received the CLR James Book Award from the Working-Class Studies Association. She is recipient of the Mid-Michigan Alumni Association Award for Quality Undergraduate Teaching. In 2017, the Michigan Association of State Universities named her a Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year.