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Philip G. Bennett

The Bennett TheatreLab & Conservatory
Founder/Artistic Director
Tucson, AZ
Philip G. Bennett is a graduate of the four-year training program in acting, teaching and directing , American Stanislavski Theatre . He has been training actors professionally for more than forty years using Stanislavsky's Ultimate Technique: Active Analysis through Physical Actions.

He served as Assistant Artistic Director, actor and instructor under the Russian émigré teacher, author, and director, Sonia Moore, American Stanislavski Theatre. He holds a BA in the Humanities.
He made his professional debut on the New York stage in 1970 as Lopachin in Chekhov’s, The Cherry Orchard, and played such roles as: Cabot in O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms, Nato in Pirandello's To Clothe the Naked at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and recently he has appeared at the Rogue Theatre, Tucson: as King Alonso in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Antigonus in The Winter's Tale, Doc Peabody in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, and Shipkov in Agnes Under the Big Top by Aditi Kapil, Borderlands Theatre Company.

Phil's primary directorial influences have been Sonia Moore of the American Stanislavski Theatre, Georgi Tovstonogov, Gorky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia; Peter Brook and Cicily Berry of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Jerzy Grotowski of the Polish Laboratory Theatre.

In 1976 he founded the San Francisco Theatre Academy and its professional company, The Stanislavski Ensemble. In 1984, The Bennett TheatreLab in San Francisco, and the TheatreLab & Conservatory, Tucson, Arizona.

Mr. Bennett is a recipient of the prestigious Hollywood Dramalogue Award for Best Direction, and Debut of a New Company with his production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Other directorial credits include: The Abdication by Ruth Wolfe; Chekhov's Masterpieces: The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, Three Chekhov Comedies: The Boor, The Proposal, The Anniversary; Molier's Tartuffe, Wycherly's The Country Wife; Shakespeare's Hamlet, The Winter's Tale; Lysistrata by Aristophanes; Oedipus by Sophocles, but to name a few.

Philip and his co-writer, Stephanie French, are currently writing a University and Conservatory level acting textbook to be published by Routledge Academic Publishers, London in 2015.

Lab graduates have gone on to rewarding careers in the theatre and film. www.TheatreLabConservatory.com