Grace McPhillips is an actress, voiceover artist, an activist for her industry, and producer who built an impressive narrative and non-fiction slate with her production company, Sterling Rock Productions, creating short and feature films, plus new media content, and as well as the TV series Home Diagnosis, starring herself and husband Corbett Lunsford.
Her recent feature entitled The Other One which she Executive Produced and starred in, had an impressive award winning festival tour, official selection and audience choice nominee in the 50th Anniversary Chicago International Film Festival October 2015. McPhillips was selected as a speaker for two Producer Panels. She also presented on the Creative Producing and aggressive filmmaking of the feature (shot in 14 days) at the Sundance and Cannes 2014 Film Festivals with the feature’s supporting partner Hewlett Packard in a presentation called "Time is Money" Concept to Completion in 10 months with the HPZ820. The Other One was the first independent film to receive a production loan of the RED Edition workstation for editing their film and the prequel short film Eclipse. Made specifically as a conversation starter about gun violence in schools, Eclipse was also selected into the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival Short Film Corner. In 2015 Grace returned to both festivals to lead a panel at Sundance and speak on one in Cannes.
As an advocate for the Chicago Film Industry she served on the Board of Directors for SAG/AFTRA Midwest 2010-2012 and the Board of the Illinois Production Alliance 2007-2009, helping to secure the state's production tax incentive. In 2007 she founded the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup (CAFM), a professional not-for-profit organization, currently supporting over 150+ Chicago screen actors.
Live Theater and Voice Over
Grace has danced with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Salome with Deborah Voight, sung with the famous Stanley Paul Orchestra, produced/starred/directed award-winning independent films, and has lent her voice to commercials and radio ads nationwide. She has worked with agencies including Leo Burnett, Draft FCB, DDB, Martin, McGarry Bowen, and Havas Worldwide. Grace holds a degree in Music Theatre from Elon University, and began her professional career on the stage.
Outside the Industry
Outside the entertainment industry, Grace is a founding partner of the consulting firm Green Dream Group, where she helps people build better homes through her storytelling capabilities and husband's expertise.
In 2015 Grace and Corbett left Chicago to move to Florida and in addition to enjoying a warm winter, built the world's highest performing tiny house on wheels and had a baby. Raising 119% of their crowd funding goal of $60,000.00, they hit the road on April 1st and traveled to 34 cities across the country traveling 13,000 miles on their nationwide tour called "Proof is Possible" and just recently finished their journey deciding to stay south and settle in the now booming film industry of Atlanta.