Andrew Philpot*

Resident Artist

Andrew Philpot*

(805) 928-7731 ext. 4128

PCPA (since 2004):  Director: The Trojan Women, Merchant of Venice, Gidion’s Knot, And When Love Speaks…, The Circuit, Oliver Button is a Sissy, The Henry VI; Actor: John Hemmings, The Book of Will; Daddy Cane, Bright Star; William Joad, Mother Road, Caius Cassius, Julius Caesar; The D’Ysquith Family, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder; John Proctor, The Crucible; Malvolio, Twelfth Night; Lumiere, Beauty and the Beast; Colonel Brandon, Sense and Sensibility; Major-General Stanley, The Pirates of Penzance; Richard III, Richard III;  Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady; Darius Wheeler, 36 Views; George Banks, Mary Poppins; Karl/Steve, Clybourne Park; Prospero, The Tempest; Professor Bhaer, Little Women; UPS Man, Legally Blonde; Vershinin, Three Sisters; Friar Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet; Marley/Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol; Richard Hannay, The 39 Steps; Lt. Frank Cioffi, Curtains; Thenardier, Les Misérables; Harold HillTateh, Ragtime; Iago, Othello; Henry, The Real Thing; Daddy Warbucks, Annie; Stage Manager, Our Town; Sky Masterson, Guys and Dolls

Other Theatres:  Denver Center TheaterPasadena PlayhouseMark Taper Forum

Television:  The Practice, Frasier, Columbo, Empty Nest

Awards:  2013 Ten Chimney’s Fellowship, LA Drama Critics Circle Award: Cloud 9, LA Ovation Nominee: The Swan, Dramalogue Award: Don’t Go Back to Rockville

Teaches:  Shakespeare

Training:  BA, UC Irvine; MFA, Academy for Classical Acting in Washington, DC

Member:  SAG; *Actors’ Equity Association

Teaching Philosophy

“Playing Shakespeare is the most transformative work an actor can do. We begin with meaning; specificity is paramount. Next, we fully embrace the enormity of Shakespeare’s circumstances. Throughout our work, we focus on what is playable in the text – always remembering that Shakespeare’s poetry is not just beautiful, but intentional. To live and breathe this language – to feel its rhythmic muscularity – is a joy! Soon, the actor feels at home in this world of heightened stakes and enhanced expressiveness; and Shakespeare’s words become, not just real, but necessary.”

As a life-long lover of Shakespeare, teaching this language is both an honor and a thrill for me. My goal in class is to show how immediate and relevant these plays can be for our world today; how fun they are to play, and how just speaking these words aloud can open up one’s mind to the sublime.