MILES PHILLIPS has performed leading roles with major companies throughout the country, while as a vocalist he has appeared in nightclubs from Honolulu to London. His ventures as a director have spanned from regional to New York theatre as well as serving as Artistic Director for Musical Theatre Renegades in Chicago and The Hot Spot Theatre Company in Hot Springs Arkansas.
A Californian, born and bred, Miles began singing at age six (inspired by MARY POPPINS and THE SOUND OF MUSIC like so many in his generation) and soon began appearing in Musical Theatre productions (his first role, not surprisingly, being Kurt in THE SOUND OF MUSIC). He's been performing non-stop ever since.
Miles received his graduate training with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the National Theatre Conservatory (ANTA).
He stars in the forthcoming film CAGED and is receiving raves for his work as Father Tom in the current independent film KEEPERS. Miles also penned the screenplay for KEEPERS and is now finishing the novel that served as the original source for the film.
Currently he’s working in New York, acting, directing, recording and appearing as a vocalist in some of New York's most popular nightclubs. He recently starred with Nancy Anderson, Celia Kennan-Bolger, Marc Kudisch, Douglas Ladnier, Deven May, Emily Skinner and Mary Testa in The Broadway Musicals Of 1930. His current hit show Specific Overtures has enjoyed unanimous critical and popular acclaim, resulting in Miles receiving the 2006 MAC Hanson Award and being honored for his performance at the 2006 Nightlife Awards in the category of Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist. His one man show The Unrest Inside Me was widely acclaimed, had a 7 month run in New York and also resulted in Miles being honored for his performance at the 2004 Nightlife Awards. His critically acclaimed hit cabaret “might as well be. . .” was wonderfully received, extended far past its original Spring Break run and is now a popular album!
Recently he played Edgar Allen Poe in the original readings of the new Broadway-bound gothic musical POESCRYPT, and produced a highly acclaimed Halloween Show to benefit Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.
He returned to New York from a smash hit, sold out, extended run of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT in Denver and jumped directly into playing Feste in Tom Rowan’s rousing new production of TWELFTH NIGHT. That production brought more critical and audience acclaim and has resulted in a trip to the recording studio to capture his performance of the glorious songs written for him my composer Jason Wynn. TWELFTH NIGHT led directly to another New York Shakespeare production, playing Cardinal Beaufort and Edward IV in Revolving Shakespeare's critically acclaimed adaptation of the HENRY VI trilogy and RICHARD III entitled QUEEN MARGARET.
Inspired by a performing season mixed with Shakespeare and Showbiz, Miles created the smash hit Shakespeare revue WORDS WORDS WORDS & MUSIC which received glowing revues and enjoyed two Sold-Out runs and is soon to be released as an Original Cast album.
Recently Miles "returned to his roots" and enjoyed a highly successful turn as Captain von Trapp in the Britt Music Festival’s breathtaking outdoor, mountaintop production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
He also recently starred in the new musical version of the classic Cary Grant film PENNY SERENADE and received glowing reviews for his portrayals of Banco in the New York premiere of Ionesco's MACBETT and Bassanio in the New York productions of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and the world premiere of its sequel THE DOCTOR OF ROME.
Miles can be heard singing the roles of Orestes on the original cast recording of the rock Oresteia BLOOD AND GUTS, Father on the original recording of the rock-opera CHRISTMAS EVE, Amos on the studio cast album of CHICAGO and several upcoming studio cast albums.
When not performing solo, Miles served as the resident bass with the jazz quartet A Capella Four as well as working with his vocal ensemble Chicago Vocal Authority. His performances of The National Anthem include: The Chicago Bulls, Wembley Stadium, Arlington International Racetrack, The Oakbrook Polo Club and appearances throughout the Midwest singing for Big-Eight Basketball games.
Other favorite new York and regional roles include: Cliff in CABARET, Charlie Marsden in the acclaimed New York production of Eugene O’Neill’s STRANGE INTERLUDE, Derek/Hal in the Chicago premiere of ACCOMPLICE, Lysander in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Matt in THE FANTASTICKS, Alfred/Sam in ROMANCE/ROMANCE, Marchbanks in CANDIDA, Charlie Brown in SNOOPY, Philip in THE LION IN WINTER, Manly in THE CONTRAST, Merlin in Donald McKayle’s revival of HOUSE OF FLOWERS, Dick in DAMES AT SEA, Julian in the new working of Jerry Herman’s DEAR WORLD, Kulygin in THE THREE SISTERS, Malcolm in MACBETH, Freddy in MY FAIR LADY, Garry in the Jeff-Award winning Chicago production of NOISES OFF and Mordred in CAMELOT for which he received the DRAMA-LOGUE Critic’s Award.
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