phillip andrew bennett low

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March 1, 2020
 
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Biography

phillip andrew bennett low is a Chinese-American playwright and poet, storyteller and mime, theatre critic and libertarian activist. His solo performances have won acclaim from Minneapolis to Atlanta, New York to LA -- even as far as Melbourne, Australia. He was the co-founder of the Rockstar Storytellers (a supergroup of bestselling Twin Cities spoken-word artists), founder and producer of the touring theatre troupe Maximum Verbosity, and founder and host of the country's only recurring open-mic dedicated to speculative fiction, The Not-So-Silent Planet, and its associated podcast. He has published two humor collections,  Indecision Now! and Get Thee Behind Me, Santa.

Résumé

EXPERIENCE

1995-2002 Masque Theatre, Rochester, MN
Actor, Director, Playwright, Company Member, Dramaturg

-performed puppetry, storytelling, mime, and street theatre at various venues in southeast Minnesota
-director of the Mime troupe and head of the Mime program
-performed in over 25 main stage roles, including Shylock in The Merchant of Venice
-directed and adapted various projects, including Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, and Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper

1996-2002, 2006 Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Shakopee, MN
Street and Stage Entertainer

-wrote, developed, and performed comic adaptations of myths and fairy tales, including the medieval Norse Eddas and Moliere’s The Flying Doctor
-helped earn the company a special “Gem” award for street improvisation

2004-2020 Maximum Verbosity, Minneapolis, MN
Actor, Director, Playwright, Producer, Founder

-wrote and directed the slapstick musical Lokasenna (2004 Fringe Festival)
-wrote and directed the verse tragedy Camelot is Crumbling (2005 Fringe Festival)
-wrote and directed the mime show Warrior Needs Food, Badly (2006 FoolFest)
-wrote and directed the political sketch comedy All Rights Reserved: A Libertarian Rage (2008 Kansas City and Minnesota Fringe Festivals)
-wrote and directed the solo show Descendant of Dragons (2007 Iowa and Minnesota Fringe Festivals; bestselling show in its venue in the latter, awarded with a coveted Encore slot)

2005-2008 Other

-director of “Fortune’s Fools,” a youth troupe at the Rochester Civic Theatre
-reviewer for the Ivey Awards, Minnesota Fringe, and Twin Cities Daily Planet
-production assistant and stage manager for Holly Davis Productions, a religious theatre company
-co-founder and Chair of the Rockstar Storytellers, a collective of bestselling solo performers

EDUCATION

-studied Decroux-based mime from Kari Margolis (co-founder of the Margolis-Brown Performance Company), Mikael Rudolph, and extensively from Steve Budas (both Marceau-trained mimes)
-clowning workshops from Jon Ferguson and Swiss master Pierre Byland
-studied Commedia Dell’Arte from Luverne Seiffert and Dominique Serrand, both company members at Theatre de la Jeune Lune, a Lecoq-based physical theatre

TRAINING

Puppetry, Improvisation, Lecoq-based Clowning, Decroux-based Mime, Mask Construction and Performance, Tae Kwon Doe (Red Belt), Tai Chi Chuan, Gymnastics, Juggling, Fencing, Stage Combat, Commedia Dell’Arte, Poetry Composition and Performance