After a twenty-plus year career in arts education in the South, Phillip Sprayberry moved to New Jersey to continue his career as a freelance stage director and to serve as adjunct professor of communication and music, and also as media relations coordinator in public relations for William Paterson University in Wayne.
Now retired from the University’s marketing and public relations department, Sprayberry teaches, directs, writes, and is a wedding celebrant.
As an educator of four decades, Sprayberry was lead teacher for the arts at B.T.W. Magnet High School, Montgomery, Alabama’s nationally recognized arts magnet high school, and he created the highly successful Encore Theatre and served as music and theatre chairperson at Faulkner University. Earlier he was the music and theatre director at Boyd-Buchanan School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In New Jersey, he was also public relations director for Summerfun Theater, a professional summer stock theatre formerly in Montclair.
In younger and thiner days, Sprayberry performed on local and professional stages singing and acting in dinner theatre, community and regional theatre and opera. Some of his favorite roles include the Baker in Into the Woods, Mordred in Camelot, Guiseppe Zangara in Assassins, Man One in Oh, Coward!, Señor Perelli in Sweeney Todd, and Sparky in Forever Plaid. He translated his stage experience into a directing track and has directed more than 100 musicals, non-musicals, and revues in educational, community, and professional settings.
Sprayberry is the author of All I Ever Needed was the Music: A biography of Ed Kleban, lyricist of "A Chorus Line"and is working on a business and social communications book to help college students transition from the classroom to the workplace.