Trish Egan
Actor / Director

With over 40 years of experience on stage and screen, Trish Egan has become known for her passionate portrayals of diverse characters, and her dedication to professional standards while backstage and on set.

Trish was born in Pocatello, Idaho. One of 6 living siblings, she had the luck to be both a middle child and an oldest child. She grew up in a working class family, but one which was filled with creativity and the arts. Music and singing were a regular part of her surroundings, and from the time she could walk, Trish was a camera hog and entertainer.

Her first formal acting experience came in high school, where she was in many of the musical productions, often as a chorus member and later in larger roles.

Since her family had little financial means, Trish enlisted in the United States Army to earn her chance to go to college. The constant relocation that is part of military life and the challenges of being a soldier and a mother made it difficult for her to pursue her love of theatre. She did manage to squeeze in some acting in Germany, playing Marian in The Music Man, as well as as a run as Tillie in The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man In The Moon Marigolds. Serious acting pursuits, however, would have to wait until she left the service.

While stationed in San Antonio, Texas, she became acquainted with Incarnate Word College (now University of the Incarnate Word). Upon leaving the army, she began her college education there in 1987, pursuing a theater degree. While at Incarnate Word Trish had the privilege of working with veteran actors Ronald Ibbs and Maureen Halligan.

After a short time in the San Antonio theater scene, Trish chose Portland, Oregon as her new home and transferred to the University of Portland. While there she met Tom Lasswell, who became her mentor and good friend. Trish credits Lasswell with helping to build her professional persona; his moral, ethical, and artistic standards played a large role in making her the actor she is today.

During her college years, Trish regularly pursued work in Portland's thriving theatre community and summer stock programs throughout the Northwest. One summer stock performance in Bellingham, Washington introduced Trish to her husband-to-be and fellow actor Harold Phillips. They married in 1996 at a Portland-area amusement park - a costume wedding that still brings smiles to the faces of the 200+ people who attended.

In less than five years, Trish had earned her BA in both English and Theatre (magna cum laude, with a minor in History), and her MFA in Directing. Her collegiate theatre experience was capped by a 1993 performance at the Kennedy Center's 25th Anniversary Irene Ryan acting competition in Washington, D.C. This performance put Trish on a national stage, and gave her the chance to study with Uta Hagen and meet the likes of Jason Robards and other theater luminaries.

Since completing her graduate degree, Trish has continued to perform in Pacific Northwest theatres, as well as appearing in film, commercial and industrial projects. Though she spends a fair amount of time traveling, Trish and her husband Harold still reside near Portland, OR. Between projects, she can often be found working in her garden with their three dogs.