Motlow State to present actor Phil Darius Wallace to celebrate Black History Month
Motlow State Community College will present actor, director and producer Phil Darius Wallace to perform the program “From the Heart of a King, a Salute to Martin Luther King, Jr.” to celebrate Black History Month. The performance will be on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 11:15 a.m. inside Eoff Hall in the Powers Auditorium on the Moore County campus.
Phil Darius Wallace is a native of Flint, Mich., where he was introduced to the world of performing. He attended Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied theater, and the Theatre Arts School at State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase College where he studied the profession of acting.
“Since I was a child, I have always loved the idea of hearing stories and telling stories, “said Wallace. “Now that I am a man, I love the idea of creating stories through directing and writing.”
His professional experience includes the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the Flint Youth Theater, the Attic Theater, and the Hattiloo Theater. He has been a company member with Playhouse on the Square, Voices of the South, and is currently a company member with Play Back Memphis and Tennessee Shakespeare.
His film and TV credits include “Distinction,” “Brian Banks,” “Nothing but the Truth,” and ABC's “Nashville.” He wrote, directed and produced his own movie, “100 Lives,” which is available on Amazon and has played at the Malco Theatre in Memphis. He performed as FBI Agent Coddington in the 2008 movie “Nothing but the Truth” starring Kate Beckinsdale and Matt Dillion.
Last year Wallace performed “What to a Slave is the Fourth of July” in the District of Columbia when the National Archives hosted a dramatic reading of an 1852 speech by former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass on the meaning of American independence to slaves. Wallace has traveled across 48 states performing his one-man show portraying Douglass as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wallace has also performed for Facing History and Ourselves, New York University, the University of Massachusetts, Rhodes College, and Delta Arts. He has provided training for Commercial Advisors, Sycamore Pictures, Nucor Steele, FedEx Memphis, and Memphis Police.
As a result of his passion for creating stories through directing and writing, Wallace started his own production company, Circle 7 Productions. According to Wallace, “It is a venture dedicated to creating inspirational stories for film, television and theatre through plays, screenplays and solo works of fictional and nonfictional content. The goal,” he added, “is that audiences will be edified to higher passion, higher thought, and greater motivation to better the world around them. (My) hope is that Circle 7 Productions would be a place where artists of like vision find a home where their audience world-wide can rely on laughing, crying, and finding inspiration to find their own purpose and fulfillment of their dreams."
Wallace performed at Middle Tennessee State University in January in celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and most recently at the South Jackson Civic Center in celebration of Black History Month. Wallace lives in Memphis with his wife and three children.
Admission to the event is free and reservations are not required; the public is invited.