Motlow State Community College will present actor, director and producer Phil Darius Wallace to perform the program “From the Heart of a King, a Salute to Martin Luther King, Jr.” to celebrate Black History Month. The performance will be on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 11:15 a.m. inside Eoff Hall in the Powers Auditorium on the Moore County campus.
Phil Darius Wallace is a native of Flint, Mich., where he was introduced to the world of performing. He attended Interlochen Arts Academy where he studied theater, and the Theatre Arts School at State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase College where he studied the profession of acting.
“Since I was a child, I have always loved the idea of hearing stories and telling stories, “said Wallace. “Now that I am a man, I love the idea of creating stories through directing and writing.”
His professional experience includes the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the Flint Youth Theater, the Attic Theater, and the Hattiloo Theater. He has been a company member with Playhouse on the Square, Voices of the South, and is currently a company member with Play Back Memphis and Tennessee Shakespeare.
His film and TV credits include “Distinction,” “Brian Banks,” “Nothing but the Truth,” and ABC’s “Nashville.” He wrote, directed and produced his own movie, “100 Lives,” which is available on Amazon and has played at the Malco Theatre in Memphis. He performed as FBI Agent Coddington in the 2008 movie “Nothing but the Truth” starring Kate Beckinsdale and Matt Dillion.
Last year Wallace performed “What to a Slave is the Fourth of July” in the District of Columbia when the National Archives hosted a dramatic reading of an 1852 speech by former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass on the meaning of American independence to slaves. Wallace has traveled across 48 states performing his one-man show portraying Douglass as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wallace performed at Middle Tennessee State University in January in celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and most recently at the South Jackson Civic Center in celebration of Black History Month. Wallace lives in Memphis with his wife and three children.
Admission to the event is free and reservations are not required; the public is invited.