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CONTACT INFORMATION

Brian C. Billings
2000 E. 24th St.
Apt. 94
Texarkana, AR     71854
830-765-6810
brian@librettiwritlarge.biz

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EXPERIENCE

Composer/Lyricist (2000 - 2003)
Sheldon Vexler Theatre
San Antonio, Texas

Wrote lyrics and music for Adventures with Pinocchio (June 2000).
Wrote lyrics and music for Peter Pan! - A Look at Hook (June 2002).
(Please refer to the home page or the disclaimer section of the Peter Pan!
page for information regarding recent copyright law and this show.)
Wrote lyrics and music for Once Upon a Wood (April 2003).
Wrote lyrics and music for Rumpelstiltskin, or Gilding Lily (October   
    2003).
Wrote lyrics and music for The Red Shoes, or The Dancers' Curse (October
    2004).

Composer/Lyricist (2002 - 2003)
BRAVI, Kansas City Conservatory
Kansas City, Missouri

Composed music for the original opera Life of an Artist (August 2003).

Composer/Lyricist (2005 - 2006)
Second Youth Family Theatre
Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, Texas

Composed music for The Song from the Sea (October 2005).
Composed music and wrote lyrics for Patty's Aesop Adventure (Aug. 2005).
Composed music and wrote book and lyrics for The Red Shoes, or The 
     Dancers' Curse (2005/2006).

Journal Editor (2000 - 2003)
Iron Horse Literary Review
Lubbock, Texas

Acted as a reading editor for the journal.

Music Coordinator (1996 - 2000)
National Conference for Community and Justice
San Antonio, Texas

Coordinated music programs for the NCCJ’s annual Anytown program.

Music Director (1996 - 1997)
Rita Community Theatre
San Angelo, Texas

Arranged and directed music for revue performances.

Music Teacher (1999 - 2000)
Temple Beth-El
San Antonio, Texas

Taught music at Sunday School.

Music Transcriber/Arranger (1997 - 2000)
Beth-El Players, Temple Beth-El
San Antonio, Texas

Transcribed piano-vocals for 1001 Chickens (1997)
Arranged instrumentation for 1001 Chickens (1997).
Transcribed piano-vocals for Out of Ur (1998).
Arranged Instrumentation for Out of Ur (1998).
Transcribed piano-vocals for Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins (1999).
Arranged instrumentation for Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins (1999).
Transcribed piano-vocals for The Pirate Princess (2000).
Arranged instrumentation for The Pirate Princess (2000).

Piano Accompanist (1994 - 1997)
Angelo State University
San Angelo, Texas

Accompanied Angelo State University Chorale.
Accompanied Angelo State University Jazz Band.
Accompanied vocal majors for juries.

Professional Educator (2000 - 2003)
Texas Technical University
Lubbock, Texas

Taught college composition (2000-2002).
Taught creative writing (2001-2003).

Professional Educator (2004 - 2006)
Southwest Texas Junior College
Del Rio, Texas

Taught American literature (2004-2006).
Taught British literature (2004).
Taught college composition (2004-2006).
Taught creative writing (2006).
Taught developmental reading (2004).
Taught developmental writing (2006).
Taught introduction to literature (2004-2006).

Professional Storyteller (1994 - 2006)
Read Across America Association San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Independent School District
San Antonio Historical Reenactor’s Society
San Antonio Storytelling Association

Performed for pre-schools, middle schools, and high schools (1994-2000).
Performed at the San Antonio Folklife Festival (1998-1999).
Performed at the Battle of the Alamo Reenactment (1999).
Performed as a freelance storyteller for parties and functions (1994-2003).
Performed at the Institute of Texan Cultures' Halloween Howler (2004,
    2006).       

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EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts (English)
Years Attended: 1994 - 1997
Angelo State University
San Angelo, Texas

Blended English coursework with studies in
Communications, Drama (Performance
and Playwriting), and Music (Performance).
Graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Member of Alpha Chi Honor Society
.
Entered in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Bachelor of Arts, Student Exchange (Summer 1997)
Universidad Autonoma de la Laguna
Torreón, Coahuila

Master of Arts, English (1998 - 1999)
University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas

Blended English coursework with studies in
Drama (Performance) and Music (Composition).
Graduated with Distinction.

Doctor of Philosophy, English – Creative Writing (2000 - 2003)

Texas Technical University
Lubbock, Texas

Specialty in the composition of libretti.

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PERFORMANCES IN SHOWS

Primary/Secondary School Shows (1980 – 1994)

The Mill on the Floss (U. S. Premiere)
Performed: January 1996
Angelo State University Theatre
San Angelo, Texas

Played Chorus Member and Walter Stelling.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Performed: March 1996
Angelo State University Theatre

San Angelo, Texas

Played Chorus Member and Mr. Fogg.

Grease
Performed: January 1997
Angelo State University Theatre
San Angelo, Texas

Played Chorus Member and understudied Eugene.

Teenager in Love
Performed: September 1997
Rita Community Theatre
San Angelo, Texas

Played Wally the Nerd.

1001 Chickens
Performed: August 1998
Beth-El Players, Temple Beth-El
San Antonio, Texas


Played Mayor Meier and Yussel the Jester.

Out of Ur
Performed: August 1999
Beth-El Players, Temple Beth-El
San Antonio, Texas

Played Michael the Archangel.

Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins
Performed: December 1999
Beth-El Players, Jewish Community Center
San Antonio, Texas

Played Chorus Member and Rabbi.

Awake and Sing
Performed: April 2000
Sheldon Vexler Theatre
San Antonio, Texas


Played Herr Schlosser.

Adventures with Pinocchio
Performed: June 2000
Sheldon Vexler Theatre
San Antonio, Texas

Played Signore Geppetto and Signore Calzoni.

The Pirate Princess
Performed: August 2000
Beth-El Players, Temple Beth-El
San Antonio, Texas

Played Splendiferous the Wizard.

The Exact Center of the Universe
Performed: November 2003
Boerne Community Theatre
Boerne, Texas

Played Appleton Powell and Appleton Powell, Jr.

The Magic Menorah
Performed: December 2003
Beth-El Players, Temple Beth-El
San Antonio, Texas

Played Gefilte Fishel, the Jewish Genie.

Charlotte's Web
Performed: April 2004
Sheldon Vexler Theatre
San Antonio, Texas

Played Mister Arable and Crowd Member.

The Clearing
Performed: April 2004
Sheldon Vexler Theatre
San Antonio, Texas

Played Appeal Judge and Commissioner of Transplantation.

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ORIGINAL SHOWS


Curses: A Midsummer Night’s Peeve
Year Copyrighted: 1997

Reading performed by ASU Drama Club ( December 1997).
ASU Choral Theatre, San Angelo, Texas

Beowulf: A Roaring Twenties Epic
Year Copyrighted: 2000

Reading performed by the Beth-El Players (August 2000).
Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas


Adventures with Pinocchio: A One-Act Musical Tale
Year Copyrighted: 2001
Served as lyricist and composer.
Libretto by Tammy Frazier.

Performed by the Sheldon Vexler Players (June 2000).
Sheldon Vexler Theater, San Antonio, Texas
Published by Eldridge Publishing (July 2003).

Baba Yaga: The Cyrillic Witch
Year Copyrighted: 2002


Reading performed by BRAVI (August 2002).
Grant Hall Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Mowgli-Frog: Jungle Book Adventures
Year Copyrighted: 2002

Peter Pan! – A Look at Hook
Year Copyrighted: 2003
Served as lyricist and composer.
Libretto by Ken and Tammy Frazier.

Performed by the Sheldon Vexler Players (July 2002).
Sheldon Vexler Theatre, San Antonio, Texas

Lockless in Life: A Stream-of-Life Musical
Year Copyrighted: 2003
Served as librettist.
Music by Dan Timoskevich.


Life of an Artist
Year Copyrighted: 2003
Served as composer.
Libretto by Hannah Park and James Oh.

Performed by BRAVI (August 2003).
Grant Hall Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Herr Hedgehog
Year Copyrighted: 2003

Rumpelstiltskin, or Gilding Lily
Year Copyrighted: 2003/2004
Served as co-librettist, composer, and lyricist.
Libretto by Tammy Frazier.

Performed by the Sheldon Vexler Players (October 2003).
Sheldon Vexler Theatre, San Antonio, Texas

The Magic Menorah
Year Copyrighted: 2004
Served as co-librettist.
Libretto, music, and lyrics by Linda Kaufman.
Original book by Jane Breskin Zalben.

Performed by the Beth-El Players (December 2003).
Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas

Candlefen
Year Copyrighted: 2005
Served as composer and librettist.

Get Gelt, or Get Out! -- A Chanukah Melodrama
Year Copyrighted: 2005
Served as co-writer.
Script by the Beth-El Playwrights.

Performed by the Beth-El Players (December 2004).
Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas

Once upon a Wood
Year Copyrighted: 2005
Served as co-librettist, composer, and lyricist.
Libretto by Tammy Frazier.

Performed by the Sheldon Vexler Players (April 2003).
Sheldon Vexler Theatre, San Antonio, Texas

The Song from the Sea
Year Copyrighted: 2005
Served as composer.
Script by Tom Kenny.

Performed by Second Youth Family Theatre (October 2005).
Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, Texas

Patty's Aesop Adventure
Year Copyrighted: 2005
Served as co-lyricist and composer.
Libretto and lyrics by Julie Wright.

Performed by Second Youth Family Theatre (August 2006).
Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, Texas

The Red Shoes, or The Dancers' Curse
Year Copyrighted: 2005/2006
Served as co-librettist, composer, and lyricist.
Libretto by Tammy Frazier and Julie Wright.

Performed by the Sheldon Vexler Players (October 2004).
Sheldon Vexler Theatre, San Antonio, Texas

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SKILLS

· Freelance composer (showtunes, underscoring).

· Freelance storyteller (traditional and modern stylings).

· Freelance writer (libretti, poetry, short stories).

· Teacher of creative writing (drama, lyrics/libretti, poetry, short stories).

· Plays the organ, the piano, the clarinet, and the bagpipes.

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