Phil Gellis

Phil Gellis (Director): Phil joined the company in September of 1981, knowing precious little of Gilbert & Sullivan. Nearly 30 years later, Phil lists among his credits directing this company's productions of The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Grand Duke and Ruddigore. This is the 4th production of The Pirates of Penzance Phil has helmed and the second for this company. He also served as Music Director for two productions of Pirates, as well as several other operas.

Phil has written four G&S revues: A Gilbert & Sullivan Potpourri, I Have a Song to Sing, O: The Music of Gilbert and Sullivan, Gilbert & Sullivan from A to Z, and most recently Gilbert & Sullivan’s Sweethearts. He co-authored (with Al Grand) the English libretto for Der Yiddisher Mikado, which has been performed by our sister Yiddish organization for over two decades. He appeared off-Broadway for two weeks in 1997, playing Sir Arthur Sullivan in Very Truly Yours, Gilbert & Sullivan. He has also served as music director for five productions, and conducted the G&S Light Opera Orchestra of Long Island in performances of Pirates as well as our 50th anniversary gala performance.

He has appeared onstage in every G&S opera except Thespis and The Gondoliers, playing a combined total of 25 different roles in the Savoy Operas. He created the role of "Scrooge" in A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol, and has repeated the role in numerous productions over the past 15 years, including three which he also directed. In his spare time, he has appeared in over 90 productions of non-G&S shows at most of Long Island's major theaters, and directed over 30 more.

Phil is extremely proud to be one of only 12 people to be named a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island in its 50-plus-year history.