As a stage director, Phillip Sprayberry has numerous credits which include drama, musical theatre and opera, 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!, The Merry Widow, Oklahoma!, and West Side Story. At Kean University, Sprayberry directed The Laramie Project and Stop Kiss, among others. Projects for William Paterson University included Agnes of God, Independence, The Magic Flute, and The Pirates of Penzance. 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.
Prior to discovering his passion for directing [and in younger and thinner days] Sprayberry 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.