Philip Thompson is an alumnus of UCI's MFA Acting program. He returned to the faculty in 2001 after several years at the Ohio State University where served as the head of the MFA in Acting program. At UCI he has served as head of the MFA program in Acting and head of Voice and Speech. In 2002. Phil co-founded Knight-Thompson Speechwork with his mentor Dudley Knight. KTS has more than 50 certified teachers teaching this method in training programs across the country, and increasingly, around the world. Phil works as a voice and dialect coach for professional and university productions. Since 1999 he has worked as a resident voice and text coach for the Utah Shakespearean Festival. He has coached at South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, OperaPacific, Madison Rep, Weathervane Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and numerous productions at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. He was one of the first master teachers of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and has taught in numerous teacher training workshops offered by the Fitzmaurice Institute. Phil served as President of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and on the board of the University Regional Theatre Association (U/RTA).