Kendra Phillips is an emerging playwright in the Seattle area. Her love of music has driven her to the pursuit of creating refreshing new styles of musicals that draw on the classical and avante-garde genres rather than the popular and rock music that is currently dominating the Broadway stage, as well as merging avante-garde music with theatre in non-traditional ways. She is also working to create plays promoting hopeful, Christian values that will appeal to secular audiences.
Kendra holds a BFA in acting/directing, and a BMA from Pacific Lutheran University. She studied music composition with Greg Youtz, and playwriting with Brian Desmond.
In 2006, Kendra worked on the writing team, headed by Pulitzer Prize winner, Brian Yorkey, on the new musicalTrust Me., as part of Village Theatre's KIDSTAGE Company program. She is currently writing an experimental musical, Family Game Night, which will be workshopped at Tacoma Little Theatre this summer.
Kendra has also been seen acting on many stages in the south Puget Sound area. She has worked with Lakewood Playhouse, most notably appearing in the title role of The Diary of Anne Frank (Best Dramatic Actress, Tacoma News Tribune, 2007), with Seattle Performing Arts Fellowship, Stage Door Productions (Noises Off), Valley Community Players (Here Lies Jeremy Troy), and Seattle Shakespeare Company's youth program (As You Like It). She also worked extensively with the city of Renton's summer teen musical program, both as a student (with leading roles in Suessical, Damn Yankees, and Into the Woods), a volunteer, and assistant musical director (Footloose). She has also gotten her feet wet in opera, singing the role of Prince Orlofsky in Pacific Lutheran University's production of Die Fledermaus.