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  • Returning to Illinois theatre to direct, mentor students

    Photo of Tyrone Phillips standing in an empty theater and smiling and gesturing, wearing a White Sox ball cap and a black hoodie.

    Tyrone Phillips, an acting alumnus of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign theatre department and the founding artistic director of Chicago’s Definition Theatre, returns to his alma mater to direct “The Royale,” a tale about a boxer’s dream and the challenges he faces during the racially-segregated early 1900s. Phillips works with the cast and crew as they rehearse prior to opening night at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To contact Tyrone Phillips, email

    To contact Lisa Gaye Dixon, email