JUDGE: PHILL BRANCH
Phill Branch is a storyteller working in film, creative nonfiction and theater. He is the 2019 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council’s Solo Performance Artist Award and a 2019 Rubys Artist Award grantee for storytelling and performance. He is a 2018 GrandSlam Champion of The Moth in DC.
He currently produces and hosts "Isolation Be Like," a podcast about what's on his mind as he isolates at home, riding out this pandemic. An alumnus of the American Film Institute, 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.
Previously, Branch co-created, wrote and produced the award winning webseries "The PuNanny Diaries." The series won Best Dramedy at the Los Angeles Web Festival.
Branch has served as a professor at his alma mater Hampton University and recently at Howard University. He currently serves as a Professor of Practice at Goucher College in Communication and Media Studies, focusing on race and ethnicity in journalism and the arts.