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Tyrone Phillips

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​Tyrone Phillips is the founding Artistic Director of Chicago’s Definition Theatre. Named one of Newcity's Players—the 50 leaders of Chicago’s theater, dance, opera and comedy culture of 2022, he is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has studied abroad at Shakespeare’s Globe. As a first generation Jamaican-American, Tyrone is passionate about equity and inclusion in the fine arts and has completed advanced anti-racism training to lead change in our community. Select theater credits on and off stage include: Definition Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Writers, Old Globe, Berkeley Rep, Milwaukee Rep, and Stage 42 (off-Broadway). Tyrone is currently adjunct faculty at DePaul University and the University of Illinois - Chicago while also serving on the Board of Directors for the League of Chicago Theaters. He is also a proud member of the NAACP, SAG-AFTRA, SDC, and represented by Grossman & Jack Talent.​​