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About the Author
Originally from Maine, Billy is an award-winning director and playwright whose fill-in-the-blanks comedy Villain: DeBlanks has been seen in New York City (The Triad, Joe's Pub, Feinstein's/54 Below, The Laurie Beechman Theatre); regionally at Bucks County Playhouse and Saco River Theatre; and at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles. DeBlanks has featured Tony-, Emmy- and Olivier-winning performers such Bruce Vilanch, Annaleigh Ashford, Barrett Foa, LaChanze, Beth Leavel, Lesli Margherita, Brenda Braxton, The Skivvies (Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley), Justin Guarini, Lena Hall, Nancy Opel and many others.
As a director, Billy has worked throughout the metro NYC area, staging several world premieres for the Midtown International Theatre Festival, as well as small venues around NYC & New Jersey including Theatre Row, FRINGE NYC, and The Attic Ensemble. Some favorite directing experiences include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Bad Seed, Tommy, Seussical, Into the Woods, Detective Story, Little Shop of Horrors, Gorey Stories, and a small tour of A Gorey Phantasy, written with the cooperation of Edward Gorey.
A member of the Dramatists Guild, Billy is the author of several plays (his script Blood & Oil is currently represented by the Freedman Agency), and a series of original TYA pieces. His first commissioned work, Bartholomew Fair, New Jersey - a 90-minute comedy-in-verse - enjoyed runs in NJ and NYC. He has a Bachelor's in Performance and a Masters in Directing from UMaine, studied educational theatre at NYU, and is frequently the host at events where the first choice was unavailable.