Brian Issac Phillips

Producing Artistic Director & Ensemble, Eighteenth Season

Mr. Phillips just celebrated his 13th season of artistic leadership of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. He was named Producing Artistic Director in 2010 after being Artistic Director since 2003. Prior to these responsibilities, he served with the organization as Associate Artistic Director for one season, as well as four seasons as a member of the acting company. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Stage Director’s and Choreographer’s Society.

Mr. Phillips, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, is a graduate of Morehead State University and has been a resident of Cincinnati for 18 years. In that time he has worked with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Children’s Theatre, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, New Stage Collective, Diogenes Theatre Company, as well as over 100 productions with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. He also has worked regionally at theatres in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Northern Ohio. Most recent CSC directing credits include Antony and Cleopatra, Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses, Part 1, Death of a Salesman, Cyrano de Bergerac, One Man, Two Guvnors, Henry V, Waiting for Godot, The Birds, and The Great Gatsby.

Mr. Phillips was nominated for the 2016 SDCF Zelda Fichandler Award. This award honors an outstanding director or choreographer making an exceptional contribution to the national arts landscape through theatre work in a particular region. Also in 2016, Brian was selected as a finalist for the Business Courier’s 2016 C-Suite Awards for Chief Executive Officer. These are the 2nd annual C-Suite Awards, honoring top executives whose leadership and skills have helped shape their companies in the Greater Cincinnati community. Mr. Phillips is also currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, an international organization comprised of theatres dedicated to the production of Shakespeare’s works around the globe.

On May 3, 2013, Brian was recognized by Mayor Mark Mallory and the City of Cincinnati for his decade of achievement and service at CSC. He was also selected for the 2014 Class of Forty Under Forty and a finalist for the Ohio Governors’ Arts Awards. In 2016, Mr. Phillips graduated from Cincinnati USA Chamber’s 39th Class of Leadership Cincinnati.

Mr. Phillips is thrilled to be helping the company realize a long term dream of operating a world-class facility with the new construction of a $17MM home for CSC, The Otto M. Budig Theater at the corner of 12th and Elm Streets in OTR. Mr. Phillips is honored that CSC was named as a four time finalist for the Cincinnati USA Chamber’s Non-Profit of the Year award. He is pleased to have led CSC to becoming one of the first five theatres in the United States to have produced Shakespeare’s complete 38 play canon and to have personally completed the canon as well. Brian is the lucky husband of one of the most amazing actresses in town and the proud father of Holden (7) and Annabel (4).

Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States