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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 DangereusesThe Bad SeedTommySeussicalInto the WoodsDetective StoryLittle Shop of HorrorsGorey 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.