Philip Parr


Philip is a director of theatre, opera and festivals. In addition he works widely as a creative producer with expert experience in programming and project management.
As a director, his productions have been seen around the world. He was founder and Artistic Director of Spitalfields Market Opera, a purpose built chamber opera house for London and the first opera house built in London for over 100 years, where he directed works by Mozart, Salieri, Gluck and Offenbach as well as the first performances of the first Australian Opera, Don John of Austria, in a new orchestration by Sir Charles Mackerras.
In the theatre Philip has made a particular reputation as a director of large scale community plays, chiefly working as Artistic Director of Parrabbola. This work has extended to encompass multi-lingual site specific Shakespeare productions of Pericles (2010) and The Winter’s Tale (2012) in Gdansk (Poland) and Ostrava (Czech Republic) and most recently Romeo and Juliet to celebrate Shakespeare 400 in Craiova (Romania) in April 2016.
Philip is currently co-director and programmer of the York International Shakespeare Festival, has directed the Swaledale Festival and Bath Shakespeare Festival, and planned the cultural festival for the Asian Games in Doha 2004. As part of Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008, he was Artistic Director for the Holocaust Memorial Day National Event held in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. In 2015 Philip was the Artistic Director for Theatre and Dance for Kingston Welcomes Korea, a new festival celebrating all things Korean, hosted by The Rose Theatre in Kingston.
Philip is a founding council member and Secretary of the European Shakespeare Festivals network, has been a board member of BAFA (British Arts Festivals Association) and is a Trustee of Cardboard Citizens, the leading UK theatre company working with the homeless.