Teaching and Lecturing
Phil has lectured on a wide variety of topics from stage design and acting to musical theatre and playwriting at many institutions including Goldsmith's College, RADA and the Brit School. He has directed students at many top drama schools including London's ARTS EDUCATIONAL SCHOOL where he was Co-Director and head of acting for the U.K’'s leading degree course in Musical Theatre and led a programme for graduate writer/directors. Drama school productions have included The Seven Ages of Sondheim, Nicholas Nickleby, Petite Rouge, Sherlock Holmes - The Early Years, and Jesus Christ Superstar (Arts Ed) Romeo and Juliet (Central School of Speech and Drama) Dear Anyone (Guildford Conservatoire) Napoli Millionaria, Three Men on a Horse and Backstage (Rose Bruford) The Taming of the Shrew & First Love (The Court Training Company) He has led workshops on creative writing with many diverse groups from croydon teenagers to Swan Hellenic's cruiseship passengers.
Phil believes that everyone has a wealth of extraordinary stories to tell and over a series of talks, demonstrations and through practical exercises he gently guides students through the tried and tested techniques he's designed to unlock the imagination and invent characters, devise scenarios, create dialogue and structure stories. Although his workshops specifically deal with playwriting skills the techniques can also be applied to the creation of short stories and even novels. All students need is a pad of paper, a pen, imagination and an open mind. Phil guarantees to get even the most tentative writer creating characters and dialogue within hours and to give the more experienced writers fail safe techniques to inspire them and free up the dreaded writers' block!