Brian Phillips graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1997 with a BA in Communication Arts-Theatre and a minor in Technology. While a student at ONU, he studied at Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh, Scotland. Phillips began his professional career at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival in High Point. After serving as technical director for the Shakespeare Festival, he attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston–Salem where, in 2001, he was awarded an MFA in Technical Direction. While attending UNCSA, Phillips worked for numerous local companies including High Point Ballet, Sandhills Ballet Theatre and North Carolina Scenic Studios.
In 2001, Phillips moved to Chicago to work for the Goodman Theatre as the assistant technical director. He was promoted to technical director in 2004 and held that post until July 2011. During his tenure at the Goodman, Phillips worked on more than 30 world premier productions including works from Regina Taylor, Sara Ruhl, Steven Sondheim and Arthur Miller. Some of the productions he has worked on include: Finishing the Picture Directed by Robert Falls; The Long Red Road directed by Phillip Seymour-Hoffman; Turn of the Century Directed by Tommy Tune; Hollywood Arms Directed by Hal Prince. He has toured with Goodman productions to the Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Barbican Centre in London, England. Phillip’s last production at the Goodman, the world premier of Chinglish, transferred to Broadway in October 2011.
Phillips is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 635
Technical Director, Goodman Theatre – Chicago, 2004-11
- Oversaw the implementation of the eight-show season, the annual production of A Christmas Carol, and events.
- Managed an annual scenery budget ranging from $750,000 to $1.5 million.
- Responsible for the realization of scenic designs through technical, structural and automation design.
- Produced construction drawings for scenery, rigging and automation fabrication.
- Coordinated move to a 65,000 square foot scene shop in 2007. Responsibilities included design, layout and outfitting of the new facility.
Assistant Technical Director, Goodman Theatre – Chicago, 2001-04
- Supported the Technical Director by drafting scenery, procuring materials, supervising crew, and budgeting and tracking expenditures per production.
- Produced construction drawings for scenery, rigging, and automation fabrication.
- As the production technical director, toured shows to the Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Barbican Centre.
University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, N.C.
- MFA, Technical Direction
Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio
- BA Communication Arts/Theater - Minor in Industrial Technology
Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, Scotland
- Associate Student in Theater Production
Drafting, rough and finish carpentry, furniture construction, welding, machining, stage rigging, stage rigging design, stage machine design, tool maintenance & repair, stage equipment maintenance and repair.
SELECT PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE
- 2010 –The Seagull; Directed by Robert Falls; Scene Design by Todd Rosenthal
- 2010 – The Long Red Road; Directed by Phillip Seymour-Hoffman; Scene Design by Eugene Lee
- 2008 – Turn of the Century; Directed by Tommy Tune; Scene Design by Walt Spangler
- 2007 – Mirror of the Invisible World; Directed by Mary Zimmerman; Scene Design by Dan Ostling
- 2004 – Finishing the Picture; Directed by Robert Falls; Scene Design by Thomas Lynch
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