I have known Miles Phillips for many years, not only as a director & co-worker (having recorded many musicals together) but also as a friend. I’ve attended many cabarets and shows that Miles has directed and/or starred in. His work and talent impressed me so much that I asked Miles to direct my cabaret debut show Small Wonders, which received critical acclaim and a MAC nomination.
In my opinion, Miles possesses the key tools one needs to teach and direct successfully: Experience, Patience, Creativity and Humor. Even at the most stressful of times, his even-temper and witty manner allows him to bring out the best in his students by coaxing them, not pushing them. As an actor, I can tell you that is something not every director/teacher can achieve. Miles is a true ‘people person’ who excels at communicating what he’s thinking in a clear and simple manner. He enables his students to be comfortable and at ease, which allows them to do their best work. However, I can tell you from first hand experience that he is not afraid to drill an exercise over and over again if he feels you are not giving your best.
As a performer, he is equally adept singing the most difficult of scores as he is acting them. I feel that any actor would benefit from Miles’ expertise. Watching him tell a story through song can be a lesson in itself.
Miles is always on time, organized, efficient, extremely competent, and has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. In short, I strongly recommend him for any directorial or teaching position you may have available. I firmly believe that he will be a valuable asset to any team.
Christina Bianco – Actor/Singer/Impressionist/MAC and Drama Desk Award Nominee