Phillip Sprayberry, currently based in the metropolitan New York area, is a freelance stage director with more than 20 years of experience in the theatre. Sprayberry combines his work as a stage director with careers in arts education and public relations. He is equally adept at working with professionals and young adults at the university or high school level. He has numerous credits in many genres including dramas, musical theatre, musical revues, and comedies. Sprayberry’s work in all aspects of theatre, and his tenure in music and education, provide a wide background of expertise.
Phillip Sprayberry, based in the metropolitan New York area, is an educator, freelance stage director, certified Life-Cycle® wedding celebrant, and author.
Sprayberry earned his doctorate, with distinction, at Drew University’s Caspersen School. He received his master of arts in musical theatre from New York University and a bachelor of arts in music education from Lipscomb University.
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 media relations coordinator in public relations for William Paterson University in Wayne. 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. In New Jersey, he was also public relations director for Summerfun Theater, a professional summer stock theatre formerly in Montclair.
As a stage director he has numerous credits which include drama, musical theatre, musical revues, and comedy. He directed the New Jersey professional theatre premieres of “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” “An American Daughter” and “Moon Over Buffalo.” Other directorial projects include, “Master Class,” “Carousel,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Oklahoma!,” and “West Side Story.” At Kean University, Sprayberry directed “The Laramie Project” and “Stop Kiss.” For William Paterson University, he directed “Independence.” At Manhattan College, he directed “The Diary of Anne Frank.” In Montgomery he was commissioned to create a multi-media revue to honor the 175th anniversary of the State of Alabama and the City of Montgomery, “175 Years and the Dream Goes On. . .” for opening night ceremonies at the Alabama State Fair.
Sprayberry has performed on local and professional stages singing and acting. 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.”
Sprayberry was honored as the 1998-1999 recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award presented by the International NETWORK for Performing and Visual Arts; the 1999 recipient of the Lipscomb University Distinguished Alumnus Award; and is listed in Who’s Who in America.