Phillip Adams is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and lived and worked in New York for a decade after being awarded the ANZ International Fellowship award in 1988. He was a member of several leading dance companies and worked with independent choreographers including Nina Wiener Dance Company, Donna Uchizono Dance, Bebe Miller Dance Company, Dennis O'Connor Dance, Trisha Brown Co, Amanda Miller Pretty Ugly Dance Co, Irene Hultman Dance Company, Chunky Move, Company in Space, Vis a Vis and worked with Sarah Rudner and Lance Gries.
Since returning to Australia an 1998, Phillip founded his own company BalletLab that debuted with their sell out season of Amplification. Since forming the company he has toured to Beijing, Scotland, Germany, England, Mongolia, Sydney Opera House and Brisbane Powerhouse. Phillip's work has also been presented in New York, Boston and New Zealand. Phillip has been commissioned by several leading theatre and dance companies including Arena Theatre, Chunky Move, Dance Works, Back 2 Back Theatre, Guongdong Modern Dance Company, China, Sydney Mardri Gras, One Extra Co, Vis a Vis Dance Canberra, VCA and WAAPA. Phillip was director of the Melbourne Fashion Fringe 2000.
Phillip was artist in residency at the Tanzwerkstatt Berlin and Rotterdam school of Contemporary Arts and in 2003 he created a new commission for the Rotterdam Dance Company. Phillip is the recipient of grants and awards from the Australia Council, Arts Victoria, Playing Australia, Kolm-Exiner, Myer Foundation, Mardi Gras Development Fund, Green Room Awards, Asialink, Massachusetts Culture Council Arts Fund USA, Anthony Joseph Pratt Scholarship, Besen Family Foundation and an Australian Dance Award Nomination.
Phillip choreographed Doubting Lakes Edge for Tasdance's Fair Game season in 2003.