“Phil is such an expert storyteller that young children, ages 2-5, sit enraptured for 45 minutes. I've never seen that before.” Barbara Berry, parent volunteer, Francisco Child Care Center
“Phil had such a wonderful rapport with the kids from the moment he began… When he was finished reading the books he brought, most of the children came up to him and touched his beard, tried his hat on; they didn’t want him to go. He was very approachable and the kids were clearly comfortable with him. It was a very special morning.” Lisa Starbird, Bread & Roses
“Phil is a master storyteller, fabulously dramatic, knowing his stories so well that he really acts them out rather than reads them. …Equally important, he is giving the children the gift of oral tradition, a gift they will surely remember when they become adults.” Old Firehouse School, Mill Valley
“Whenever Phil tells stories at Fairfax, both the children and their parents love his performance. His acting skills and sense of humor are a delight to all who attend!” Carolyn Potter, Children’s Librarian, Fairfax Public Library
“He is very animated, and enthralled the children with the incredible selection of books that he chose. All of the stories that he read had an inspiring and meaningful message in them.” Elizabeth Reuss, Bread & Roses, Northern California
“Phil is an excellent storyteller. He captures the attention of his audience with strong dynamics, sound effects, and by bringing forth the emotion of the characters and stories. His welcoming and kind energy encourages young children to feel relaxed and at ease, while remaining captivated by the material. He chooses stories that have a message, allowing children to learn their own values by thinking on the story. Phil brings back the ancient and dying art of storytelling.” Cynthia, Fairfax CA, mother of 2
“I am an audiobook listener. As such, much of my enjoyment of a book rests on the narrator. …By chance, I picked up Deceit by James Siegel. I'm not even through the first disc yet, but I had to let you know that you are a great new discovery for me. Heck, I'm 56 years old, but I might try to find Yertle the Turtle and Goodnight Moon. I appreciate narrators that not only can do voices, but can evoke personality and emotion. Here's hoping to hear more from you… Also, it's wonderful what you are doing with the story–telling for kids. They are absolutely the hardest ones to fool. Thank You” Paul Rath
“When Phil reads, or rather, acts out, Caps for Sale, the monkeys are real! Listening to him is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.” Marilyn Wronsky, Children’s Librarian, Corte Madera Public Library
“Phil made his debut for Bread & Roses by reading stories for our young friends at the Canal Alliance Daycare. He is a versatile and experienced actor. He uses his acting skills (voices, movement, facial expressions) to make his stories come alive. When the kids aren't hanging on his every word, they’re joining in and laughing with him.” Kurt Huget, Bread & Roses, Corte Madera
"Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." — G.K. Chesterton
Phil Sheridan is a professional actor and storyteller. He appears on the TV shows Nash Bridges and Trauma, is the voice of “Grandpa” in the Sim City video game series, and plays Nonno (papa story man) in the Disney/Pixar film La Luna.
He also tells stories in schools, libraries and at parties. Phil specializes in fairy and folk tales about courage, compassion and kindness.
Phil's acceptance speech at the Milley Awards
I feel a little bit like Wilbur the pig, from the book “Charlotte's Web”. You'll remember, Wilbur is a very happy little pig until he learns he is going to be cut up into bacon. His spirit plummets when he learns this, but recovers when a barnyard spider—Charlotte is her name—weaves the words “Some Pig!” into her web.
People from all over the country come to the farm where Wilbur lives just to look at him and the woven spiderweb above him. This is all too much for Wilbur. He is overwhelmed and faints. I feel a little bit like Wilbur tonight. I too am overwhelmed… (click here to continue)
Phil Sheridan in Disney/Pixar film, La Luna
Phil plays Nonno (grandpa) in, “La Luna”, nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for Best Animated Short Film. It was theatrically released with Pixar/Disney's feature film “Brave”.