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Phillip  Mackenzie [Director]

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Phillip Mackenzie has been active as a theatre artist for 30 years. After
reading Psychology and Drama at the University of NSW Australia, he
studied theatre and movement with Lindsay Kemp before serving a 3-year
apprenticeship with New York director Salvatore Maraucci in performance.

Since arriving in Europe from Australia in 1979, his performance and
directing work has evolved and developed through embracing a diversity of
styles and companies that include: The Lindsay Kemp Company, Cardiff
Laboratory Theatre, Impact Theatre, Welsh National Opera, Centre for
Performance Research, Steve Shill Company, Saatchi + Saatchi, Dupont,
Gloria with Neil Bartlett, Pepsi Cola and internationally acclaimed Man
Act of which he was founder member/co-artistic director for 12 years.

His body of theatre and performance work recognised internationally for
its innovation and physicality, mixing high culture with popular culture
has travelled to 25 countries. He has created performances for:
conventional theatre spaces in New York, refugee camps in Hong Kong,
avant-garde fashion spectacles in Paris, nightclubs in Holland, deserted
industrial sites on the outskirts of European cities, The Tempest for
underground cellars in Copenhagen, Swan Lake for Nijmegen harbour and a
large scale performance created at the invitation of the government of
Dubai.

He was external degree assessor for University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
in Time Based Performance Studies BA (Hons) 1995-1998 and was an advisor
to the Dance and Drama panel for the Arts Council of Wales (1998 - 2002)

Since 2001, he has been Director of Youth Theatre/New Artists' Development
for the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff. In 2009 he was appointed as Acting
Head of Learning & Engagement. For the past 7 years, he has devoted his
time to codifying, distilling and developing this knowledge whilst
nurturing, educating and creating contemporary theatre with the young
people of Cardiff aged between 12 - 26 yrs. He has created a series of
large and middle scale theatre performances - Lord of the Flies
(Revisited), Dressing Up, Alice (through the looking glass), Dam Dogs (all
female take on Reservoir Dogs), Frankenstein's, Bobs Dance Hall, Macbeth
(in 6 tons of sand), Savage Love, Gospel, 18/6 and Kontakt.

He has initiated international co productions between the Sherman Youth
Theatre and the Czech Republic. Gospel was restaged with senior members of
the Youth Theatre and Albanian/Serbian performers at the invitation of The
Skenaup International Theatre and Film Festival at The National Theatre of
Kosovo in November 2006. In July 2007, Gospel was recreated as a site
specific performance for a medieval castle in Italy.

He was recently awarded a Creative Wales Award to travel and continue his
research into contemporary European theatre practice and its application
to his ongoing theatre work with emerging artists.

He continues to deliver his masterclasses in improvisation, ensemble and
theatre making throughout Europe. Recent invitations include Serbia,
Russia,Spain, Slovenia and Greece.

Since 2008 he has been a Board member of National Association of Youth
Theatres.

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