Phillip Cole White grew up in Bedford, TX a suburb of Fort Worth. He started taking acting classes at the age of four at Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth, TX. Growing up he was active in several community theatres, his high school theatre department as well as regional theatres Casa Mañana and Dallas Theater Center. Some roles include Dave in Birds of Paradise (Betty Lynn Buckley Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad (Betty Lynn Buckley Award nomination for Best Actor), and Brother Brightbee/Donny in The Book of Liz. Doody in Grease, Linus in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (The Column’s Ben Brettell Youth Award), Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof, Jeff in the Southwest Premiere of Kimberly Akimbo and The Baker in Into the Woods.
After graduation Phillip supported himself and his studies at a local community college with various jobs including and not limited to working at a tanning salon, being a security officer, personal assistant and singing waiter. He also worked as an acting teacher for Dallas Children’s Theatre. He worked for FUNimation Entertainment as an ADR writer on television shows “One Piece” and “Sasami: Magic Girls Club” and a voice actor in shows “Sasami: Magical Girls Club” (season 1 and 2), “School Rumble”, “Shuffle!” and “XXXHOLic”. He continued to participate in local theatres with such roles as Mark in Rent and Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Column Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical as well as featured in the “Best of Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre in 2010” issue for Breakout Performance). He also starred as Neil Sedaka in This Magic Moment, an original musical workshop for Dallas Summer Musicals.
Phillip eventually transferred to Texas State University where he graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre under the direction of Kaitlin Hopkins (Bat Boy: The Musical, Bare: A Pop Opera). At Texas State he played Dennis in All Shook Up, Silvius in As You Like It, Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Nomination) and Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown (BroadwayWorld.com Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Nomination). At Texas State he also worked with Tony Award nominated Broadway composer Andrew Lippa singing on his record “It Gets Better” for The Trevor Project which can be found on iTunes. He was in the premiere performance of Andrew Lippa and Brian Crawley’s revised version of their musical A Little Princess under the direction of Kaitlin Hopkins with Lippa conducting. He played the role of Ophelia in Tom Stoppard’s 15 Minute Hamlet directed by Neil Patrick Stewart. He also worked with Mark Hollmann, the Tony Award winning composer and lyricist of Urinetown when he performed in the very first concert reading of his new musical Hooray for Iceboy with music and lyrics by Hollmann, book by Erin Quinn Purcell (Duet! A Romantic Fable) and Jay Reiss (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).
Since graduation credits include Altar Boyz as Mark (The Column Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical) and Casa Mañana’s touring production of Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! He’s also spent a couple of seasons in Key West, Florida where he played Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at TheatreXP, Rexy/Jason in The Legend of Georgia McBride at Waterfront Playhouse and was a resident actor at Key West Theater appearing in new work 129 Miles from Walmart and Oklahoma Smith and the Pantheon of Annihilation as well as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch a directed by Andrew Palermo (choreographer of Broadway’s Allegiance).
Phillip can also be seen as Nigel Garber in his self-produced YouTube series of the same name.
Phillip just shot a pilot for a web series called Pop Queens.
Phillip currently resides in NYC and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.