Phil Scarpaci's directorial career began directing plays at the Group Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. Since then, he has directed countless award winning projects in a wide range of genres from theatre to independent feature films to Disney children's programming, music videos and commercials.
Feature films include the just completed Driving Home to New Orleans, and the award-winning In the Key of Eli, Blue Bus, and Welcome to September. All three films have garnered multiple awards on the domestic and international film festival circuit including Best Feature, Best International Feature, Audience Awards, Best Comedy, and Best Ensemble Cast.
Scarpaci has also directed award winning children's programming for Disney for over 20 years. Projects include numerous After School Specials as well as two series, Beyond the Page and Safety Smart Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Other directing projects include episodes for SAF3, a prime time action series from the creators of Baywatch and a sitcom pilot, Swallow Your Bliss, which he also co-created.
In 2020 Scarpaci directed the world premiere play Hollywood Land at the Dylan Thomas Theatre in Wales. Baby Oh Baby, a play that Scarpaci co-wrote and directed, had its world premiere at the Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles and was the inspiration for the documentary From Page to Stage.
The documentary film From Page To Stage - For the Love of Theatre follows the talented troupe of actors, writers and director of Baby Oh Baby as they face the challenges of developing a new play and taking it literally from page to stage. The documentary had its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2017.
Scarpaci’s short film, A Cat Tale, won the audience choice award at the 2020 Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival. Driving Home to New Orleans, his just finished feature, is currently under consideration for 2021 film festivals worldwide.
Phil Scarpaci's diverse directing background has one common thread; his unique ability to establish a creative and collaborative work environment. It's not uncommon for actors to say Phil's approach to directing promotes some of "my best work ever" and that it’s his feel for the material and his touch with actors that make it so special to work with him.