Iverson White


I grew up on the southeast side of Detroit Michigan, attended Cass Technical High School in Performing Arts, and performed with several community theatre companies, including Ron Milner’s, Spirit of Shango Theater. I received a BA in Mass Communications from Wayne State University in 1980 and was a member of the Graduate Repertory Company at the University of New Orleans from 1980 to 1981, before transferring to UCLA’s film school where I received an MFA in Theater Arts in 1985.

My films have screened worldwide, in venues such as, the Cilect Film Festival in Czechoslovakia, the Torino Film Festival, the Montreal, Texas, and San Diego Black Film Festivals, the Southern Circuit Film Tour, The Pan-African Film Festival, the LA Rebellion Film Tour, and on PBS.

I have received numerous honors for writing and filmmaking, including selection as a delegate to the Second World Festival of Black and African Arts and Culture, (Festac) in Lagos Nigeria, a Tompkins Award for poetry from Wayne State University, Donald Davis and Jack Nicholson Awards for screenwriting from UCLA, the Dore Schary Award from B’nai Brith, a Rockefeller Fellowship, an NEA grant, and the Mary L. Nohl fellowship for individual artists.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Film/Video/Animation/New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I teach, among other things, motion picture lighting, directing, screenwriting, and Senior Projects.

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