The Utah Shakespeare Festival will celebrate the legacy of executive director R. Scott Phillips Feb. 27 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Livingood Artist Lounge at the Beverly Center for the Arts. Phillips, who has worked at the festival for 40 years, retires March 1. The event is free and open to the public. A brief program will highlight his career at 5 p.m.
While at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Phillips contributed to many major milestones, such as expanding the festival’s audience from 19,000 people per season to 113,000; the awarding of the festival with the 2000 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre; and the crowning achievement of building the $39 million Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts.
Phillips also served in many other organizations across the nation. He was co-founder and past president of the Shakespeare Theatre Association; past president of the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association, and current theater panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Phillips was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Shakespeare Theatre Association in January and the Mark R. Sumner Award from the Institute of Outdoor Drama in October.