Dan Phillips

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Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2017An interesting story, really well staged
Terry Eastham
londontheatre1.com
2016Director Dan Phillips sets a deceptive atmosphere in which the mood changes from intimate to sinister
David Cunningham
manchestertheatreawards.com
2016★★★★ “There are certainly moments of sheer hilarity...but mainly the attraction of this musical lies in its rich depth.”
Heather Jeffrey
pubtheatres1.tumblr.com
2016“There’s something about this show that borders on genius.”
Gareth Johnson
gaystarnews.com
2016★★★★ “Unorthodox, unfettered, and unbelievable...Something Lazarus takes no prisoners in this barred assault on the musical theatre"
James Waygood
grumpygaycritic.co.uk
20154 Stars "a fun and witty script and some wonderfully choreographed physical theatre moments...this is a play well worth watching"
Anonymous
sgfringe.com
20154 Stars "Unmissable"
Brett Herriot
sgfringe.com

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2018 - 2020Assistant Director
Tour
The Rocky Horror Show
Chris Luscombe
Trafalgar Entertainment
UK Tour
2018Director
Theatre
Jekyll and HydeWhite Horse Theatre Company
2018Director
Theatre
Banana Crabtree SimonRigmarole Productions
Drayton Arms, London
2018Assistant Director
Theatre
The Best Man
Simon Evans
Bill Kenwright Productions Ltd.
The Playhouse Theatre, London
2018Director
Theatre
MacbethWhite Horse Theatre Company (China)
2017Assistant Director
Tour
Relatively SpeakingWhite Horse Theatre Company
2017Director
Tour
Billy's FriendWhite Horse Theatre Company
2017Director
Tour
Two GentlemenWhite Horse Theatre Company
2017Director
Theatre
The View From NowhereRandom Thoughts Ltd
The Park Theatre
2017Director
Theatre
April in ParisThe English Theatre of Hamburg
The English Theatre of Hamburg
2017Visiting Director
Education
Thoroughly Modern MillieMusicality Academy of Performing Arts
Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot
2016Associate Producer
Film
We Can Be Heroes
Claire Downes
Heroes Productions
2016Director
Theatre
Something Something LazarusBroken Cabaret
The King's Head Theatre
2016Director
Theatre
The Lonely Walk HomeIan Townsend
Taurus Bar
2015Director
Theatre
International StudDRP Productions
C Cubed, Edinburgh
2015Director
Theatre
I Went to a Fabulous Party...The King's Head Theatre
The King's Head Theatre
2014Director
Theatre
Warehouse of DreamsRandom Thoughts Ltd
The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
2014Director
Theatre
What A Gay PlayBen Conway Productions
C Venues (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
2014Director
Theatre
On Tidy Endings/Safe SexDe Mooi Media
The Tristan bates Theatre
2014Director
Theatre
The Addams FamilyMayhem Musical Theatre Company
Secombe Theatre
2014Production Manager
Theatre
Shang A LangSignal Theatre Company
Kings Head Theatre
2013Actor
Theatre
GhostbustersFuture Cinema
The Troxy
2013Director
Theatre
Valley Boy City LifeBVJ Productions
Union Theatre, London
2013Director
Theatre
Scandinavian HeartIn-Production
The Tristan Bates Theatre, London
2013Director
Theatre
Very Pleasant SensationsMountview
The Cockpit Theatre, London
2013Director
Theatre
Sisters, Such Devoted SistersMountview
The Karamel Club, London
2013Director
Theatre
Barking at CrowsStay on the Bus Productions
The Troubadour, London
2013Assistant Direector
Theatre
August: Osage CountyMountview
Mountview Academy
2012Assistant Direector
Theatre
The LibertineMountview
The Karamel Club, London
2012Director
Theatre
ArtSh*t Happens Productions
The LIttle Black Box, Bristol
2012Director
Theatre
A Kind of VesuviusSh*t Happens Productions
2011Director
Theatre
Hedwig and the Angry InchSh*t Happens Productions
The Thunderbolt, Bristol
2010Director
Theatre
The Land Where The Bong Trees GrowSh*t Happens Productions
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2009Director
Theatre
Escape ClausSh*t Happens Productions
Ponttliw Theatre, Swansea
2008Director
Theatre
Murder by Who? - The MusicalSh*t Happens Productions
Dartington College of Arts
2007Director
Theatre
Little Shop of HorrorsSh*t Happens Productions
Dartington College of Arts
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2013MA Theatre DirectingMountview Academy of Theatre Arts
    2009PGDE Secondary School English and DramaDepartment of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University
    2008BA (hons) Theatre with Cultural EntrepreneurshipDartington College of Arts
    2005Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignSwansea Institute of Higher Education

    Additional Skills

    I have recently worked as a dramaturg/advisor on various new plays.

    I also trained as a secondary school teaching in media and drama and have worked with ages from 11 to 18.

    Referees

    Eleri Thomas (Musical Director **contact removed** Simon Arrowsmith (Writer/Producer **contact removed**

    Industry Awards

    Best Production 2011 - The Milton Keynes Monkey Kettles Awards

    About me

    I graduated from Dartington College of Arts in Theatre and Arts Management before starting my own company, directing productions including the welsh premieres of John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown.

    I have written a number of short plays and educational films about theatre as well as a book “My Desperate Cling to Youth.”

    In 2013 I completed an MA in theatre directing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London after which I have gone on to produce and direct the UK premiere of Harvey FIerstein's Safe Sex/On Tidy Endings as well as a series of new plays and musicals.

    REVIEWS

    ★★★★ “Borders on genius” – Something Something Lazarus

    "“Dan Phillips’ direction really fuels Something Something Lazarus, electric-shocking the verve but always with enough control to bring out the deeper and smarter thinking behind the show” - Something Something Lazarus

    ★★★★ “Spine-tinglingly good” – Something Something Lazarus

    ★★★★ “A painful, funny, deeply touching study of grief” - Safe Sex/On Tidy Endings

    “A roller-coaster of bedroom emotion that director Dan Phillips ensures keeps its precarious balance" - Safe Sex/On Tidy Endings

    "An extraordinary compelling piece of theatre" - Safe Sex/On Tidy Endings

    "Feirstein provides plenty of humour, expertly injected by Phillips" - Safe Sex/On Tidy Endings

    "Dan Phillips tackles the heated exchanges of both with a steady hand" - Safe Sex/On Tidy Endings

    “Phillips’s attention to detail is superb” - The Addams Family

    “A fearless piece of theatre” – Very Pleasant Sensations

    ★★★★ “Phillips keeps the drama tight” – Very Pleasant Sensations

    “Philips showed his strength as a director” – Very Pleasant Sensations

    ★★★★ “Philips has shown his knack for delivering thoughtful and interesting drama” – Very Pleasant Sensations

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Company Experience
    • Educational Theatre
    • UK Touring Theatre
    Experienced In
    • Comedy
    • Devised
    • Drama
    • Fringe
    • Live Events
    • Musicals
    • New Writing
    • Pantomime
    • Shakespeare
    Interested in
    • Cruises
    • European Tour
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    • World Tour
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Driving Licences
    • Standard