BRIAN ISAAC PHILLIPS*

Brian Isaac Phillips

(Producing Artistic Director & Ensemble, Sixteenth Season) just celebrated his 11th 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, is a graduate of Morehead State University and has been a resident of Cincinnati for sixteen years. In that time he has worked for 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, as well as over 100 productions with CSC. He also has worked regionally at theatres in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Northern Ohio. Most recent credits include The Two Noble Kinsmen, Henry IV pts. 1 and 2, Hamlet, The 39 Steps, Measure for Measure, Richard II, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Grapes of Wrath, Henry VIII: All is True, Macbeth, A Man for All Seasons, Bedroom Farce, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Handmaid’s Tale (world premiere), The Life and Death of King John, Dracula, Blithe Spirit, Krapp’s Last TapeAmadeus, Timon of Athens, The Seagull, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, King Lear, and Cymbeline. Outside of CSC Mr. Phillips has recently been seen onstage in Collapse at Know Theatre, Porgy and Bess at Cincinnati Opera, as well as The Seafarer and Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Ensemble Theatre. He staged Know Theatre’s recent productions of When the Rain Stops Falling and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, directed the Xavier University/CSC collaboration of The Crucible and served as dramaturg on Cincinnati Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 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 named a finalist for 2013’s class of Forty Under Forty and a finalist for the Ohio Governors’ Arts Awards.  Mr. Phillips is honored that CSC was named as a finalist the past three years for Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce’s Non Profit of the Year Award and was named Best of 2013 by the Cincinnati Enquirer. He is thrilled 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. The completion of the canon and CSC’s 20th Anniversary milestone were recognized by Mayor John Cranley and the City of Cincinnati on April 23, 2014 when that day was proclaimed Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Day. Brian is the lucky husband of one of the most amazing actresses in town and the proud father of Holden and Annabel.