Opera on the Avalon

Philip Andrew McDermott was born in St.John`s, Newfoundland in 1996. Having trained from the age of four at Marie Steffen School of Dance among others, he first established his career working with local companies such as TADA Productions, Quidi Vidi Rennies River Development Foundation, and Neighbourhood Dance Works.

McDermott attended the School of Toronto Dance Theatre from 2014-2017, where he danced in repertory works by Massimo Agostinelli, Kate Alton, Paul -André Fortier, Peggy Baker, Marc Boivin, Danny Grossman, Allen Kaeja, James Kudelka, Sharon B. Moore, Julia Sasso and Darryl Tracy.

While still in his first year of school, Philip danced professionally in Sharon B. Moore’s commissioned work for the PANAM Games, A Thirst for Love & Water, which was nominated for a Dora award.

In his second year he also appeared in Apolonia Velasquez’s work, Unmoored, at Dance Ontario Weekend. In 2018 he continued his education in the form of a mentorship with Paul André Fortier in Montreal, and as a guest student at Nederlands Dans Theater.

Stage credits include James Kudelka’s classic work,15 Heterosexual Duets (Fall for Dance North and Live Art), Laurence Lemieux’s Jusqu`a Vimy (Dora Nominated), Patricia Beatty’s Radical Light (Toronto Heritage Dance), and Danny Grossman’s 9 McAllister Street.

He has also appeared in works by Paul-André Fortier, David Earle and Peter Randazzo. He is the youngest participant in the Newfoundland Dance Project, a three-year process featuring choreography by Christopher House, to be performed in St. John’s and Toronto this fall. Recently McDermott received a grant from the Toronto Arts Council to create a new solo work, entitled Bigthinsmallthings, in collaboration with choreographer Lois Brown and visual artist Ned Pratt, both from Newfoundland.

Philip is an assistant teacher for Robert McCollum at Canada’s National Ballet School, and teaches and assists classes at WE Dance and the Young Dancers Program at STDT. A certified Kaeja Elevations teacher, he has also taught partnering workshops in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as to figure skaters at the American Contemporary Skating Festival in Boston, MA.

Philip’s artistic practice contains elements from all of the disciplines he has trained in: dance, musical theatre, acting, singing, visual art,Taekwondo and figure skating. He would like to acknowledge all who have helped him toward his ambition to perform, create and share the joy of dance.