Philip McKee

Class of:
Director, More Light

Philip McKee is a Toronto-based director and writer. He collaborates with other artists to create work that is subversive, intimate and vital. Philip’s theatre practice has focused on creating radical adaptations of classics, which re-interpret the often unexamined power dynamics in the source material. This includes: Much Ado About Nothing (NTSC); The Glass Menagerie (Howland Company); Bloody Family [from The Oresteia] (The Theatre Centre); LEAR (World Stage, Harbourfront Centre); and The Brothers Karamazov (Summer Works). Philip has directed dance, opera and many other contemporary texts for the stage. Philip is also a filmmaker, whose projects include Piano Lessons, written and directed with Marlene Goldman, adapted from Alice Munro’s short story Insight of the Lake. He has directed music videos for Down With Webster, Benedick, and Bassment Project, and a series of commercials for Simba Sleep. Other Short films include Peregrine, shot on location in Berlin, Germany; and Dance Class, shot on location in London, England. Artistic Residencies include the Urjo Kareda Grant for Emerging Artists at Tarragon Theatre, the RBC Emerging Artist: Director Development Residency at Canadian Stage, and Associate Artist at Crow’s Theatre. Philip is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada’s directing program. He has taught directing, creation, and acting at Brock University and the National Theatre School. Upcoming projects include, Torching the Dusties a short film adapted from the story by Margaret Atwood, and The Pryce Academy, an original musical. []