Philip was born in Iowa City, Iowa. He has worked as a Voice, Text and Accent coach for the past twenty years. At the Utah Shakespeare Festival (UT), where he serves as Head of Voice and Text he has coached 99 productions. He has coached 30 productions at South Coast Repertory (CA), and 18 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (OH). Other companies he has coached for include Alabama Shakespeare Festival (AL), Pasadena Playhouse (CA), Denver Center Theatre Company (CO), and many more. Philip has served as President of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and is a Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. He is the co-founder of Knight-Thompson Speechwork. He is a professor of Voice and Speech at UCIrvine.