originally from Massachusetts , billy graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where He was an English/Writing Major. an active member of its theatre company, he directed theatrical productions. after moving to Chicago in 1998 to pursue a life in theatre and acting, he studied and trained with the Second City. (graduated its Conservatory Program), IO Chicago (its training center with teachers like Susan Messing, Noah Gregolopolis and Ali Faranakian) and Annoyance Theatre (studied with Joe Bill and Mike Gifford). He honed his writing skills working with groups like the Limilnality Solo Ensemble and The Living Room Solo project.