Phyllis has been a choral singer since age 8: church choirs, high school concert choir, chorus for summer productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, opera workshop at Willamette University, the world premier Jerome Hines’s opera I Am The Way, chorus for opera productions in the Redlands Bowl, and a charter member of the Oregon Chorale. She enjoyed a summer doing sets, costumes, and lights for a youth production of Little Mary Sunshine. She then ran props, costumes and lights for the Redlands Footlighters. She moved back to Oregon, bringing her skills to Portland Opera. At various times, she could be found as stage manager, make-up technician, wig and hair technician, dresser, and elephant diverter. Using all of these skills, she directed Pirates of Penzance for Theater in the Grove. She continues to costume occasionally and would like to direct again.
Phyllis has performed in the Light Opera of Portland’s: