Philip McKee is a director, writer, producer and educator based in Toronto. He collaborates with other artists to create original film and performance work that is subversive, intimate and vital. Subjects include war; the psychodrama of kinship; aging and senescence; capitalism and desire; privilege and structures of inequality. His theatre and creation practice has focused on creating radical adaptations of classic texts, which re-interpret the often unexamined power dynamics in the source material.
Work in the theatre and dance includes: LEAR: A Retrospective (World Stage, Harbourfront Centre), MUCH ADO (NTSC), Bloody Family (The Theatre Centre); LEAR (World Stage, Harbourfront Centre/ The Magnetic North Festival); Don’t Try New Things (Flowchart Dance Series); Child Psychologist (SummerWorks Performance Festival); King Doubt (SummerWorks Performance Festival); Founders Day Party (Suburban Beast); Old Hag (Tanztage/Sophiensaele); Brothers Karamazov (SummerWorks Performance Festival), Foster Child Play (SummerWorks Performance Festival), La Voix Humaine (Monument National).
Philip is currently working on an original musical, The Pryce Academy, which he co-wrote with writer/actor Mazin Elsadig.
Film work includes: Torching the Dusites, a short film adapted from the story written by Margaret Atwood, written and directed by Philip McKee and Marlene Goldman, starring Eric Peterson and Clare Coulter; Piano Lessons, a short film adapted from of a story written by Alice Munro, written and directed by Philip McKee and Marlene Goldman, starring Nancy Beatty and David Storch. Other short films: Peregrine, shot on location in Berlin, Germany; and Dance Class, shot on location in London, England.
Philip has directed music videos for Ayala, Chacal and Horacio Palencia, Los Rumberos, Down With Webster, Benedick, and Bassment Project. He has directed commercials for Simba Sleep.
Philip is a graduate of The Directing Program at The National Theatre School of Canada. He has taught acting, directing and creation at The National Theatre School of Canada, The Randolph Academy, and Brock Uuniversity. Artistic residencies include the Urjo Kareda Grant for Emerging Artists at Tarragon Theatre, the RBC Emerging Artist: Director Development Residency at Canadian Stage, The Tarragon Playwrights Unit, and Associate Artist at Crow’s Theatre.
Philip frequently Co-directs with Rose Plotek and Finnian Moore. Other collaborators are Clare Coulter, Tanja Jacobs, Marlene Goldman, Ishan Davé, Liz Peterson, Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava, James Bunton, Holger Schoorl, Amy Chartrand, Kate Whitehead, Jordan Tannahill, Alicia Grant, Jeremy James, and Alex Napier. He has worked in Mexico, Germany, Italy, Ireland and England.
Philip has also done extensive training in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. He graduated from McGill University with an undergraduate degree in psychology, and completed The Fundamentals in Psychoanalytic Perspectives and The Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at The Toronto Psychoanalytic Society.