A Brooklyn native of Haitian descent, Pharah has a diverse entertainment background which includes acting, directing, writing, teaching and producing.
As an actor, her stage credits include productions of MacBeth (Porter, Gentlewoman), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Cook, Elder Lady), Taming of the Shrew (Widow, Servant), Conversations with a Kleagle (Lurinda Watson), To Kill a Mockingbird (Calpurnia), The Vagina Monologues (The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could), and for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf (Lady in Red).
She's also appeared in such films as Hot, Hot, Not (Lakisha), Mardi Gras (Collette), and Caged Byrd (Diana). Born and raised in Brooklyn, she has studied with great teachers such as: Duane Boutte, Roz Coleman, Angela Montalbano, Mary Boyer, Ariane Brandt, Bill Duke, Mary Setrakian, and Jeanne Kaplan.
As a filmmaker, she donned the hats of writer/director/producer/actor for Mardi Gras, her first screenplay and second endeavor into filmmaking. In addition, she has written yet another short screenplay, Till Death Do Us Part, which made it to the 100 top screenplays and now onto the quarter finals in the American Gem Short Screenplay Contest - out of 978 entries! Both films screened in both African American Women in Cinema Film Festival and Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series.
Pharah has also written a couple of one acts that have been produced. Her plays include: LOVE AND HAPPINESS, BLACK BOOK and HAM IN THE LET.
A proud member of Actor’s Equity, New York Women in Film and Television, the Field and Fractured Atlas, it is her hope to produce work that will entertain, educate and heal.
Pharah Jean-Philippe is currently the Founder and Artistic Director of Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company.