Biography

Adam White is a performer, musical director, writer and teacher.

Adam has played the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Ethan in The Full Monty (Empire Theatre), Cosme McMoon in Glorious! (Stage West Calgary and Globus Theatre), and created the role of Ray in Tee Schneider’s hockey drama The Shift. Passionate about Canadian musical theatre, Adam is proud to have performed in Billy Bishop Goes to War (Neptune Theatre), Jonathan Monro and Adam Mathias’ A History of Summer (Summerworks, Musicals In Concert) and the World Premiere of Leslie Arden’s One Step Forward (Talk Is Free Theatre).

He has been musical director for Chess, A Man of No Importance, A New Brain (Theatre Sheridan), Avenue Q (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Hair (Toronto Youth Theatre), and the workshops of new Canadian musicals: My Side of the Country and Hard Hats (ScriptLab). He created arrangements for Les Nongenues and I Feel Pretty?, and composed original music for productions of Jewel, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, and Lion in the Streets with the We Few Collective.

As Artistic Associate at Smile Theatre, Adam has worked on a number of productions, in a variety of roles. He toured in The Legend of Dan McGrew and ‘Tis the Season, and was musical director for the premiere of Leslie Arden’s Gift of the Magi, and Jim Betts’ three-actor adaptation of Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables. Adam wrote the book for The Greatest Story Never Told, a jukebox musical featuring songs from Canadian musicals, and created the holiday show Fireside Songs (Remembering 1954).

With Kyle Golemba (Shakespeare in High Park, Shaw Festival, Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Adam created Making Love in a Canoe, an all-Canadian musical revue and its accompanying recording. Celebrating Canadian culture and Canada’s musical theatre writers, Making Love in a Canoe has been performed across Canada, from Halifax, NS to its theatrical debut in Regina, SK. Between 2006 and 2011, Kyle and Adam presented an on-going cabaret series at the Gladstone Hotel, and were joined by a number of guest performers, including: Charlotte Moore, Bruce Dow, Chilina Kennedy, Monique Lund, Paula Wolfson, Sam Strasfeld, Allie Hughes and Nancy White.

Active in Toronto cabarets, Adam has played Nora McLellan’s Songs Sung too Young at the Jazz Bistro, Bruce Dow’s Something to Say at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and was musical director for Acting UpStage’s 2015 Banks Prize cabaret, Spread A Little Joy, featuring Alessia Lupiano and Graham Scott Fleming.  Adam stepped out from behind the piano to debut his own cabaret, Something’s Coming at the Flying Beaver Pubaret.

Adam is on the faculty of Sheridan College and the Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, and teaches Vocal Tutorials, Musical Theatre History, Theory, and Women’s Chorus. He taught for over ten years in the Randolph Kids program he has worked with all ages and levels, from Broadway Babies to Pre-College. At the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Adam teaches music and vocal classes. He also maintains a private studio, coaching voice students for auditions, recitals and examinations.

A graduate of the Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, Adam has also completed his Creative Writing Certificate through Algonquin College. Adam studied Jazz Performance (Voice) and Arranging and Composition at Humber College, and voice and piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music.