Arts Calling Podcast #10 Billy Higgins | Guiding future collaborators, clowning, and anecdotes of a theatre artist

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Hi there,

Today, I am overjoyed to catch up with a dear friend and outstanding theater artist and educator. I’m Arts Calling Billy Higgins!

About Billy: Currently serving as Artistic Producing Director at Ferndale Repertory Theatre, Billy Higgins (He/They) has worked as a director, producer, actor, devised theatre maker, and circus artist, creating live performance and providing arts leadership throughout the United States and abroad. He serves as a director and teacher on the Movement faculty at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and is the creator of the Arts Justice work The Constitutional Arts Project. Additionally, Billy has worked in various capacities as a performer, director, and movement designer with The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Turkmen State Circus in partnership with The United States State Department, The Dell’Arte Company, and The Samuel Beckett Center, among others. His work with the Tony Award Winning Broadway Advocacy Coalition as a member of the Artist Impact Team in partnership with Columbia Law School, and Rattestick Playwright’s Theater as a member of the creative team of The Pilot For Restorative Justice directly addressed issues of systemic racism and inequity through the lens of inclusive and accessible theatre. Whenever possible, Billy volunteers with Clowns Without Borders, and enjoys sailing and his dog, Norman. When not onstage or in the ring, Billy can most often be found sailing traditionally rigged tall ships and schooners, which he has served on as a professional mariner for over a decade. He received his M.F.A. from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater, M.Ph. from Trinity College, Dublin, B.F.A. from The University of Wyoming, and additional professional certifications in Building Diversity from The University of Pennsylvania.

It was such a pleasure catching up and learning from you, my friend. We didn’t cover everything this time around, but we must do this again sometime! Thanks again and all the best!

Arts Calling is produced by Jaime Alejandro at cruzfolio.com. If you like the show, consider reviewing and sharing the podcast, your support truly makes a difference! Check us out for more podcasts about the arts and other stuff too! Make art. Much love,

j

If you’re a creative in the written, visual, or performing arts, and believe the arts make us and our communities better, I’d love to talk to you! Contact me here.

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