Joan White

Joan White was born in Alexandria, Egypt and grew up in Portugal where her father was chief engineer of The East Telegraph Company. She attended St. Helen’s School in Northwood, MX and then the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She joined Tyrone Guthrie’s Cambridge Festival Players in 1930 and from there during the 1930s played many roles in London, including Connie Windlestraw in ‘The Black Eye,“ Button Faringdon in ”Housemaster,“ Tonie in ”Children to Bless You,“ Judy in ” Little Ladyship“ and during WW2 was Judy Graves in ”Junior Miss.“ in the 1940’s she was Doto in ”A Phoenix Too Frequent“ and in ”The Cure for Love“ with Robert Donat. Following successful Repertory seasons in Birmingham, Salisbury, Bristol, Dundee and Manchester, both acting and directing, in 1956 she emigrated to North America; first to Canada where she acted and directed at the Grand Theatre in London Ontario. She married for the third time, an American, Robert Grose and moved to the U.S. immediately playing Mrs Higgins in the National Tour of ”My Fair Lady."
Broadway and Regional theatre appearances followed, plus five years teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle where she formed the Joan White English Theatre School in 1970 which for the next twenty years took American students to the UK. In 1983 she returned to England continued her school and started The Next Stage a company for young actors to show off their talents to producers and agents.
This entry was written by her daughter Judy White Staber who has completed a biography of Joan White and hopes to have it published. April 3, 2021

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