Philip McKee is a Toronto based director and writer. 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. Work in the theatre includes: Bloody Family (The Theatre Centre); LEAR (World Stage, Harbourfront Centre/Magnetic North); 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 (SummerWorks Performance Festival), Foster Child Play (SummerWorks Performance Festival), La Voix Humaine (Monument National).
He has directed music videos for Down With Webster, Benedick, and Bassment Project. Short films include Peregrine, shot on location in Berlin, Germany; and Dance Class, shot on location in London, England.
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. Philip is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada, where he is now an instructor for their Acting and Directing Programs. Philip was the 15.16 Canadian Stage RBC Emerging Artist Program: Director Development Residency participant, and is a recipient of the 2016/2017 Urjo Kareda Residency Grant at Tarragon Theatre. Upcoming projects include The Pryce Academy - an experimental musical set in a boys private school, which has its first public reading May 2016 at Tarragon; and the premiere of the short film Piano Lessons: an adaptation of a short story written by Alice Munro, written and directed by Philip McKee and Marlene Goldman, starring Nancy Beatty and David Storch.