Raised in Austin, Texas, Chris Phillips wrote and performed his own work in scholastic competition before starting his career with playwriting. His plays have been seen on both coasts in venues such as Celebration Theatre, SoHo Playhouse and the Cherry Lane Theater, receiving two GLAAD Media Award nominations, winning the award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting at the New York International Fringe Festival, and receiving a grant from the Robert Chesley Foundation, which supports LGBT playwrights. Moving from theatre to film & TV, Chris has directed 6 short films -- 4 from his own scripts -- screening at festivals such as Outfest Los Angeles and the California Independent Film Festival, where he won Best Director of a Short, and the Austin After Dark Film Festival, where his short won Best Drama. Chris was a finalist for the Warner Bros. TV Writers Workshop, a semi-finalist for the NBC Universal Emerging Writers Fellowship, and his newest screenplay, BLACK CAT, placed in the top 50 scripts of 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowship submissions. Producers are currently attaching a director to his recently optioned feature screenplay PIECES. Continuing his mission to provoke discussion and always put what scares him most on the page, stage, or screen, Chris currently lives, writes, and continues to find inspiration in Los Angeles, California.