Jim PhillipsImprov & Storytelling Instructor

Jim Phillips: Actor, Storyteller, Educator. After 30 years running a private Montessori school in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jim chose to live in South Louisiana, where he has settled in with his “creative community”. In South Louisiana Jim has taught and facilitated storytelling, improv and film camps for children, and storytelling and improv for adults, especially teachers.

He first landed the bootlegger role in “Made in The Shade”, which was shown on the major international country music channels. He co-produced Dirk Powell’s Obama zydeco video “Oui On Peut”, which has over 256,000 views on YouTube. He has done voice-over for film, and has done both commercial and independent TV and film acting work in Lafayette and NOLA. His breakthrough debut as feature length film actor came as John Guidry in “You’re In Charge” (2011), working with veteran actor and star, Mary Kay Place, and director, Tom Krueger.

Recently, in Three Point Dynamics, a science fiction short, as the lead character, Henry Heim, working with director, Keaton Smith, Jim got some rave reviews from the Boston Underground Short Film Festival -“All in all, this is a well composed piece with one of the most sympathetic characters I have ever come across in a short. The performance by Jim Phillips alone is worth the cost of entry as he really humanizes his role. Those who want a more scientific approach to time travel like that presented in PRIMER

(2004) combined with a character that has the obsessive compulsive nature of Dustin Hoffman in RAIN MAN (1988) should give this a shot.”

Managing editor/senior writer for Nightmarish Conjurings, Craig Thayer


-Was recorded singing backup for Ravi Shankar by World Pacific Records, 1977. – Met George Harrison, sitar student of Ravi Shankar, outside Bangalore, India, 1976.

– Won Zydeco Dance contest and $50 at Creole Culture and Family Festival, 1995.

– As Ouachita University drama student, 1968, was charter member of BASS – Black American Student Society.

-He and his wife, Christy Leichty created The South’s premiere underground honky tonk, The Whirlybird, which was highlighted in Southern Living Magazine, 2011.