Company: Lifeline Theater Inc.
Location: Newtown, Connecticut, United States
Billy Ayres, Founder at Lifeline Theater Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.
With years of experience to his credit, Mr. Ayres has excelled as the founder of Lifeline Theater Inc. since 2013. In this position, he is responsible for helping people with special needs and traumatic brain injury survivors in New York and Connecticut through improvisational integrated music and drama. Moreover, he teaches his clients life skills through classes and works alongside job agencies to help his client receive job opportunities within their community following their program. Mr. Ayres previously worked as an improvisation teacher at the Arts Center in Mount Kisco, New York, found success for more than 15 years as a singer and wrote a play titled “Beyond the Magic Doors.”
Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. Ayres pursued an education at Fordham Preparatory School, from which he graduated in 1975. He continued his academic efforts with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and philosophy at Manhattan College in 1981. Following these accomplishments, Mr. Ayres concluded his studies at Mercy College in 1987, graduating with a Master of Arts in special education.
In light of his impressive undertakings, Mr. Ayres has accrued several accolades throughout his career. Notably, he was presented with an Inspirational Award from the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts in 2005, the Mary Louise Weiner Memorial Award from the Westchester Foundation for Autism in 2015 and the National Community Award for Service in the Arts from Josephine Foundation Inc. in 2018. Mr. Ayres was likewise recognized for Honor Our Heroes by Senator Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton in 2007, the Citizen of the Year in 2017 and a nominee for CNN Heroes in 2023.
Attributing his success to the many people with whom he has worked, Mr. Ayres has additionally contributed to homeless shelters for years, at which creating music with children and adults. Among the many highlights of his career, he fondly recalls formulating a technique known as Improvisational Integrated Music and Drama, through which he has absorbed and assimilated many of the different lessons he learned from his mentors. He is also incredibly proud of identifying the multiple intelligences of different individuals and helping them uncover and unlock their respective gifts while building their self-esteem. Looking toward the future, Mr. Ayres hopes to establish his own location and train other people in the aforementioned technique.
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