Phil Kruse is an American actor from a small town in Northern California. He grew up playing a wide variety of sports and riding motorcycles in the foothills of Tuolumne County. He began performing in the Theatre, playing music, and writing songs at an early age. During High School he was accepted into a summer conservatory at Cal Arts in Valencia, CA. He went on to college at San Diego State University where he studied Engineering, Music, and ultimately received a BA in Theatre Performance. During his Education at SDSU he was lucky to have the opportunities to travel devised ensemble shows to the Grahamstown Arts Festival in South Africa, as well as Mexico City. Kruse’s favorite roles at SDSU include Peter/Blues Man in Desire Under the Elms, Slim in Cowboy Mouth, and of course Shere Khan in The Jungle Book. Other San Diego credits include Nicholas Beckett in What the Butler Saw,, a freewheeling sex farce by Joe Orton.
Kruse went on to receive an MFA from the University of Washington in the Professional Actor Training Program. Favorite roles from UW include Albert Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Agate Keller in Waiting for Lefty, and Frank Churchill in Emma.
Kruse is now an LA based actor and musician working in Television and Film. In Los Angeles, Kruse has taken Leslie Kahn’s Comedy Intensive, and continues to study with the Groundlings, and Stan Kirsch Studios. Some credits include The New Normal, 90210, and the popular Zombie Apocolypse series Bite Me. Kruse has also appeared at various Live Music Venues around town including the House of Blues Voodoo Lounge, the Karma Lounge, and the Mid City Music Lounge.