Phillip B. Smith

Graduation Coach (East Millbrook Middle School)

Phillip Bernard Smith embarked upon his professional acting career in 1992 performing in DON’T BOTHER ME, I CAN’T COPE, AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY, and at the character Rashard in THE MEETING performing with the founder of National Black Theatre Festival, the late Larry Leon Hamlin. He became an actor-in-residence for the North Carolina Black Repertory and later co-wrote and performed with Phyllis Yvonne Stickney in the production BIG MAMA ‘NEM at the 1993 National Black Theatre Festival in his hometown of Winston-Salem, NC. He later moved to New York, Baltimore, and Detroit. His experiences include but not limited to ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, A GOSPEL AT COLUNUS, JOE TURNER COME AND GONE, WEST MEMPHIS MOJO, and A SOLDIER’S PLAY. Phillip returned North Carolina and to the stage after several years off the boards to pursue other interests. His recent plays include THE PIANO LESSON, LET THEM BE HEARD (Best Humanities Award), RADIO GOLF (Best Supporting Actor), THE WHIPPING MAN (Best Lead Actor), GEM OF THE OCEAN. He has received numerous awards and has been directed by the best talent in the industry including Mabel Robinson, Samm Art Williams, Ted Lange and Katherine Williams. Phillip is very excited to add Jade Arnold to the list. Phillip lives in North Carolina with his wife and two children.