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Ros Philips

Ros Philips

Ros is a freelance Director, Movement Director and Performer, she is also Associate Director with Sphinx Theatre. Trained at the Citizens Theatre, Central School of Speech & Drama and Manchester Metropolitan Theatre School. Her ongoing practices are Howard Milner vocal work, Feldenkrais, 5Rhythms and Theatre Sports.

Ros spent the first decade of her career as a ‘jobbing actress’ performing in regional theatre, radio and television: her work spanned from classical roles to devising. As an ensemble member of the Mercury Theatre Colchester she began her enquiry into the connection between somatic practice, game, ensemble and the aesthetic of performance. This led her to depart from performance to study an MA in Movement. During her studies she developed an embodied text analysis practice which she now applies to her directing and dramaturgical work. Ros seeks to establish the unique set of conditions each play requires. Her directorial vision originates from the embodied needs of the performer to realize the text and for the audience to gain a phenomenological experience of the play.

Ros had been awarded bursaries with The Federation Of Scottish Theatre, The Esme Fairburn Foundation, The Equity Trust fund and Oppenheimer Trust. Her adaptation of One Million Tiny Plays About Scotland was selected and funded to represent the ‘best in Scottish Theatre’ in 2011 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has been consistently financially supported by Creative Scotland and Arts Council England.

Directing credits include One Million Tiny Plays About London (Royal Festival Hall), My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Scottish Tour, Citizens Theatre) Anatomize I & II (Rose Bruford) One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (Made in Scotland Showcase, Citizens Theatre) I Heart Maths (Oran Mor), Falling Flying (The Tron), Top Girls (Trottori Theatre, Japan). Ros has directed readings for Playwrights Studio Scotland, Old Vic: Bridge Project, Glasgay and Oran Mor. She is currently developing scripts with Oliver writer Stef Smith, Londoner author Craig Taylor, James Ley and Secret Platform. Movement Direction Credits include, Dundee Rep, Citizens Theatre, Bewleys Cafe Theatre, Experience Vocal Dance, CSSD and East 15.

Ros has taught in youth theatres, schools, adult drama classes, special needs groups, community groups and drama schools thorough out her career. Ros has also been a Visiting lecturer at CSSD sharing her use of 5Rhythms for scene study.