I create. I perform. I teach.
Phill Branch is a storyteller working in multiple genres - film, stage and creative nonfiction. Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on our lives. The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival and has screened across the a country at institutions such as Harvard University, The Walters Art Museum and the Lincoln Theater in DC.
As a live storyteller, Branch began his own storytelling show in Los Angeles that ran for two years. He has since gone on to perform in shows for Story District, Perfect Liars Club and is a 2018 GrandSlam storytelling champion for the prestigious storytelling organization The Moth. He is a 2019 Fellow in Story District’s solo show development lab. Additionally, his essays have been featured in anthologies and in The Root, Baltimore Sun and Shadow & Act, among others. An alumnus of Hampton University and the American Film Institute, Branch currently teaches writing at Howard University and currently resides in Baltimore. He can be reached at @phillbranch on Instagram and Twitter.
“There’s something about a true story, where someone is talking about their own experiences, that kind of brings the whole room closer together — because you’re all laughing together, or you’re cringing, or you’re crying, whatever it is,” Branch says. “There’s something very uplifting about that, seeing everybody come together and support somebody on stage as they talk about something that means something to them. I think it’s special in that way.”
- Phill Branch, MetroWeekly, May 2018
Speaking, Screening and Workshop Topics:
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Web Series Production
Race and Ethnicity in Media
First Year Writing and Learning Experiences (Collegiate)