Dance Victoria Executive Producer Emeritus
In addition to his 22 years as Executive Producer of Dance Victoria, White had a rich and varied career as a cultural leader in Victoria, BC, and Canada. Shortly after moving to Victoria in 1984, with a group of theatre friends, White launched Beacon Hill: An Improvised Soap Opera, a weekly satirical look at life in the Capital Region. The success of Beacon Hill led to White’s development as a playwright with 18 original plays and adaptations produced over the next ten years. He taught writing at the University of Victoria, Acting at Camosun College and was Director of Kaleidoscope Theatre School and in the late 1980s White worked as Associate Artistic Director at Victoria’s Belfry Theatre.
The 1990s were an especially fertile period for White. He participated for two years in the Banff Playwrights Colony under the direction of John Murrell and undertook gigs as Producer of Victoria’s Fringe Theatre Festival, the City of Victoria’s Summer in the Square festival, work as an arts consultant, producer of an award-winning television show, producer and performer in The 5 White Guys (a sketch comedy troupe) and a waiter at Pagliacci’s.
White worked for five years as a grants-analyst for the BC Arts Council, served on several Canada Council committees, was elected president to Victoria’s Downtown Business Improvement District, and President of the CanDance Network (Canada’s national association of dance presenters) for two terms.
In his retirement, White has returned to his first love, writing. He is currently contributing memoir pieces entitled POST SHOW about his time at Dance Victoria to the South Vancouver Island Community Dance Archive site: archives.dancevictoria.com/archive_item/post-show-blog-by-stephen-white. He is currently enjoying a year of travel with his long-time partner Bill Hamar.