George C. White

Lecturer in Theater Management


George C. White, the founder and, for 37 years, chairman of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT, has been active in theatre throughout the world. Beginning in 1972, he has spearheaded cultural-exchange efforts in Australia, China, Russia, and Brazil. In the 1984 and 1987 respectively he directed Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie and Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man in Beijing. His work has been recognized with the Royal Swedish Order of the Polar Star, bestowed by King Carl Gustaf, and the French Republic’s Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres.

In the United States, George White has directed plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, the Hartman Theatre, the Annenberg Center, and the Hedgerow Theatre. The Founding Chairman of the Sundance Institute, George White has served on the Tony Awards Nominating Committee and has at various times been on the boards of the National Arts Council, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the New Dramatists, the International Theatre Institute, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and many others. He is currently the Executive Director of the Johnny Mercer Foundation.

A graduate of Yale University and Yale School of Drama, George White cochaired the Theater Management Department from 1978 to 1992, and he remains a Lecturer in that department.