Brian Isaac Phillips* (Producing Artistic Director and Ensemble, 21st Season) has just celebrated his 15th 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 nearly two decades. 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 Dracula, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest (Co-Director), The Elephant Man, Antony and Cleopatra, Death of a Salesman, Cyrano de Bergerac, One Man, Two Guvnors, Waiting for Godot, The Birds, and The Great Gatsby. He also recently completed directing Shakespeare’s entire History Cycle at CSC! He is pleased to have led CSC in 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.
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. Mr. Phillips recently served 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. Cincinnati Shakespeare was also proud to host the 2018 conference here in the Queen City!
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 and is now happy to serve on one of the steering committees. Also in 2016, Mr. Phillips was selected as a finalist for the Business Courier’s 2016 C-Suite Awards for Chief Executive Officer.
And finally, in 2017 Mr. Phillips was thrilled to have helped the company realize a long term dream of operating a world-class facility with the opening of the $17.5MM Otto M. Budig Theater at the corner of 12th and Elm Streets in OTR. Brian is the lucky husband of one of the most amazing actors in town and the proud father of Holden (10) and Annabel (7).