Inprovisational Integrated Music & DramaSelf-esteem EnhancementOvercoming AdversityCollege WorkshopsAlternate Forms of Education
Billy Ayres specializes in improvisational musical theater with special needs children and adults. He has extensive experience in his approach that integrates many methods and forms of expression in theater arts: writing original plays and songs, improvisational acting and performances, movement, comedy, and mime. He is an artist-in-residence who has created, directed and performed more than fifty original musicals with special needs children and adults, at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, The Greenwich Youth Stage, Northern Westchester Boces, Norwest, and for Ability Beyond Disability, a rehabilitation facility where his work with traumatic brain injury victims received high praise by the New York Times. He conducts his workshops in a broad array of settings, from the theater, to the classroom, to community homeless shelters. His has received high acclaim in the Journal News for his work at the Westchester Arts Council, and has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Billy is a published songwriter who has sung many national commercials for T.V. and radio, performing with Ben Vereen and Michael Bolton. He is developing a series of children's books for special needs children and adults entitled "The Tiger and the Butterfly," and has published "How to Conduct a Residency" for the Westchester Arts Council. He is a trained percussionist and a self-taught pianist and guitarist. He has created numerous cartoon voices for Fox 5's children's television show "Vanpires" both nationally and internationally. He is currently a staff writer for The Songs of Love foundation, donating original songs for children with terminal illness. He has been the host and emcee of "Very Special Arts," a showcase of special needs talent held at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts.
Billy Ayres holds a B.S. in psychology, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Aftra, and is currently working toward a dual certification in special education and elementary education.
Through techniques developed in Improvisational Integrated Music and Drama (IIMD), any variation of the following college workshops or presentations can be made.
Out of Order and unresolved Stories: an original work directed by Billy Ayres featuring Westchester Network for Disabled Adults TBI (traumatic brain injury victims) from "Ability beyond Disability" perform, tell stories, and speak and share their stories.
Workshops: featuring how we can all use techniques
in IIMD to gain expression and unlock our passions and dreams, and in alternate forms of education.