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Patricia Phillips

Lecturer, Musical Theatre Voice
Headshot of Penn State Musical Theatre Voice Lecturer Patricia Phillips

Patricia Phillips has altered the history of American Broadway theatre, twice. Patricia is the first woman of color to portray the Tony Award-winning role of Carlotta in the longest-running show in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera. She is also the only woman of color to appear in Kinky Boots on Broadway. Trained at Carnegie Mellon University, Patricia’s other NY credits include the Emmy Award-winning Live at Lincoln Center production of Sweeney Todd, Jerry Springer the Opera (U.S. Premier), Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème (OBC), The Secret Garden (OBC), and The Sound of Music (OBC Revival). She can be heard on three original cast recordings on DreamWorks, Columbia, and RCA.

Patricia’s television credits include Billy on the Street, Shades of Blue, and The Tony Awards. Her film credits include Everybody’s Fine with Robert De Niro. Patricia has soloed with The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Indianapolis Symphony, and many others.

Currently, Patricia is an Adjunct Professor at The New York Film Academy and New Jersey City University. She taught previously at Carnegie Mellon University and NYU Tisch New Studio on Broadway.

Patricia Lives in the greater New York City area where she savors dual citizenship between the United States and Italy. She considers her son, DIF, her finest production of all time.