is a theatre director originally from Denver, Colorado who creates visually stunning and inventive theatre that crosses stylistic boundaries and embraces a wide variety of themes. He directs using stage design as a major tool to devise ever shifting scenes and cinematic images that remain purely theatrical.
Directed works and creations include: RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE, an action-opera about the last days of E. A. Poe in collaboration with the Minneapolis based The Wilhelm Bros & Co. This work opened at the 2012 FringeArts Festival in Philadelphia and toured to ArtsEmerson in Boston and will play New York Theatre Workshop in April of 2014. WHaLE OPTICS, a three-hour theatrical epic about humpback whale songs and under water fiber optic cables. He has designed and performed CAPSULE 33, the first theater work to be powered entirely from renewable energy about a Serbian astrophysicist living in the doomed Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo, which was presented Off-Broadway at the BARROW STREET THEATRE in the fall of 2010. For Lucidity Suitcase, he has directed, created & designed Flamingo/ Winnebago (a gypsy-jazz musical road trip across the USA), THE MeLTING BRiDgE (an apocalyptic voyage about fathers and sons and civilization collapse), and The Earth’s Sharp Edge (a travelogue through Morocco about tourism and terrorism). In 2004 he created a work about a Colombian Doorman in collaboration with Latin American Telenovela TV actors called ¡El Conquistador! which was presented Off-Broadway at NYTW and toured the US, Europe and 11 cites in Spain. For his performance as Polonio in ¡El Conquistador!, he was nominated for at Drama League Award (outstanding performance in New York) and a Lucille Lortel award (outstanding solo show Off-Broadway), and a Hewes Award (for his design work on ¡El Conquistador!) Other original works include Lost Soles (a solo tap performance set in Wyoming and Cuba), Henry Five - Live from Times Square (a solo adaptation of Shakespeare’s Herny V done with war toys), PlanetLear (a solo adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear set on a putt-putt golf course) and The Tempest (Prospero’s revenge set in a child’s swimming pool).
PHILLIPS’ visionary theatre work has been presented at the BAM Next Wave Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Barrow Street Theatre, HERE Arts Center & La MaMa E.T.C. (New York), Festival de Otoño (Madrid), Sterijino Pozorje Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia), Mladi Levi Festival (Ljubljana), Nooderzon Festival (Groningen, Holland), Traverse Theater (Edinburgh), 4 + 4 Days of Movement Theater Festival (Prague), Arcola Theatre & Battersea Arts Center (London), Festival Internacional de Teatro (Malaga, Spain), Teatro Lorca (La Coruna, Spain), Teatro Calderon (Valladolid, Spain) On The Boards (Seattle), The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Dublin International Fringe Festival (Ireland), Festival Escena II (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), The New Haven Festival of Arts & Ideas, Buntport Theater (Denver) and the Manitou Art Theater (Manitou Springs, Colorado).
He was a writer and performer in Robert Lepage’s The Geometry of Miracles, and original work about Frank Lloyd Wright and G.I. Gurdjieff. In Geometry, Phillips played the role of Herbert F. Johnson (of Johnson’s Wax) and toured the globe from 1997 to 2000 to the The Royal National Theater in London, BAM in New York, as well as Paris, Singapore, Glasgow, Jerusalem, Bogotá, Salzburg, Lisbon, Iowa City, Montreal, Toronto, Barcelona, Madrid and Udine, Italy. He plays a feature role in the documentary ‘Digging for Miracles’, about the Frank Lloyd Wright Lepage project, produced by In Extremis Images, CIA Agent Owen in Netflix’s ‘Narcos’, Barry Seal on ‘Alias El Mexicano’ for MundoFox; Frank Ricota in ‘El Capo 3’ , and Sidney Seagall in Univision’s ‘Celia’. He also appears in the film ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2’.
He has taught workshops in theatrical creation at ArtsEmerson in Boston, The Perth Contemporary Arts Center in Perth, Australia, The Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and at Wesleyan University.