Phil Colgan is a performer, choreographer, and dance educator born and raised in NYC. Phil won a pre-show on-stage dance contest at the Broadway revival of Grease in 1997 (pictured below) and hasn’t shut up about it since.
Phil eventually enrolled in NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, a program that allows students to form their own concentration by picking from the various schools and courses NYU has to offer, where he created a concentration he titled Entertainment Production and Performance. His studies focused on both practical performance training (utilizing the arts resources at NYU and the many studios around NYC), as well as the creative conversations needed to be a director/choreographer.
Phil made his Broadway debut in Hamilton, after spending two years as co-dance captain of the national tour. Phil also served as a Universal Swing for Hamilton, performing in the male ensemble across all of the show’s North American companies. Off-Broadway: Andy Blankenbuehler’s Only Gold (Dance Captain, MCC). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, including the world premiere of A Bronx Tale the Musical, Maine State Music Theater, The Fulton, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, and Finger Lakes MTF. Phil danced in the opening number of The 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, and has been featured in special events like Broadway Bares.
Phil grew up going to dance competitions and conventions, gracing high school auditorium stages in the tri-state area to hits like “Night of the Dancing Flame” and “Dr. Beat”, while also obsessing over the one musical his school did every year (and re-choreographing selections from the show in his basement).
As a creative, Phil is currently Associate Choreographer to Susan Stroman for Kander & Ebb’s New York, New York on Broadway. Phil’s choreography was also seen in Grease at The Rev (formerly Finger Lakes MTF), Catch Me If You Can at NYU; in the music videos for “Ready to Be Loved (Dance Version)”, “I’m a Star (Dance Version)”, “Train Ride” by Jack Scott, and “Not Forgiving You” by Josh Breckenridge; and at showcases such as DanceBreak 2020 and TSQ Project. He’s worked as an associate to Al Blackstone & Richard J. Hinds, and was named a finalist for The 2017 Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence.
Phil continues to share his passion for dance while teaching for various dance studios and conventions across the country, and is a faculty member at Steps on Broadway & Broadway Dance Center in NYC.