Phillip Breen was born in Liverpool and attended state school on Merseyside before studying Social and Political Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge. There, among many student productions, he directed Far Too Happy which was nominated for the 2001 Perrier Award. He trained on the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme under Terry Hands at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. As an assistant director he worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera, and Chichester Festival Theatre, assisting Gregory Doran, Nancy Meckler, Steven Pimlott, Martin Duncan and Elijah Moshinsky. He was given his professional debut by Philip Prowse at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow at the age of 22, directing and adapting Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Five further productions at the Citizens followed, the last of which, True West by Sam Shepard, was praised by the author who was instrumental in its transfer to the Tricycle Theatre in autumn 2014. Phillip has directed over 40 professional productions, all over the UK: at the Citizens’, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Clwyd Theatr Cymru (where he was director of new writing 2006-08), and most recently at Theatre Cocoon, Tokyo at the invitation of Yukio Ninagawa, off-Broadway; as well as in the West End of London. His work has played all over the UK, Tokyo, Osaka, New York, Los Angeles, the Sydney International Theatre Festival, Adelaide, Canberra, Dubai, and through the streets of Assisi. His eclectic range of work encompasses opera, theatre, comedy, musicals, jazz cabaret, community theatre projects, new work, and classics - as well as an alternative Christmas lecture with Vivienne Westwood. He has directed and taught at conservatoires all over the world. His work has variously won or been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier), Fringe First, Critics Association for Theatre In Scotland, TMA Awards, Time Out New York Awards, Off-Broadway Stonys, Stage Awards, The Holden Street Theatre Award. He made his Royal Shakespeare Company debut in 2012 with The Merry Wives of Windsor, in the RST, this was followed up with a production of Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday in the Swan, both of which were hits with audiences and critics alike. His production of Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams starring Shinobu Otake was a sell out hit in Tokyo and Osaka in 2015. He has created opening ceremonies for major cultural events at Windsor Castle, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and in the United Arab Emirates. As a writer Phillip has written adaptations of Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald, Crime and Punishment and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. He has contributed extended essays on Shakespeare to two books on Shakespeare, and recently completed his own monograph on The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Walking in A Windsor Wonderland: Some Ramshackle Reflections on Directing Shakespeare’s Greatest Comedy. In 2016 he will direct the York Mysteries in York Minster with a community cast of hundreds.