Aldo Billingslea

Aldo Billingslea is the Father William J. Rewak S. J., Professor of Theatre Arts at Santa Clara University. He holds a B.A. in English and Communication Arts and an M.A. in Secondary Education from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He earned his M.F.A. in Acting at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actor’s Guild, Billingslea has appeared in numerous theatrical productions in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the United States, including the works of Lorraine Hansberry, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Oscar Wilde, Lillian Helman, Thornton Wilder, Marcus Gardley and August Wilson.

Billingslea has performed in more than two dozen Shakespeare plays from Alaska to Texas, and from California to Washington, D.C., as well as in the United Arab Emirates. Favorite productions include Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Paul Robeson at Plano Repertory, The Elephant Man at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, and Othello at Marin Theatre Company and California Shakespeare Theatre.Billingslea responded to the death of George Floyd by founding a theatre company, leading a national-artistic response on the evening of June 19th, 2020. The Juneteenth Theatre Justice Project was created to address systemic racism, to help center Black artists, and model collaboration for the larger community. Juneteenth Justice is the consulting arm of the organization, born from the need to address issues of power and privilege. We help people identify and address the unseen and overlooked obstacles to the anti-racist environment most desire.

Since arriving at Santa Clara University in 1996, he has served as department chair, on the University’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Diversity and Inclusion, the President’s Athletics’ Advisory Board, and as the University’s Faculty Associate to the NCAA. He has also served as the University’s inaugural Chief Diversity Officer, and as the Vice President for the 100 Black Men of Silicon Valley. Billingslea has served on the Advisory Boards for Archbishop Mitty High School, the Renegade Theatre Experiment and Gritty City Youth Theatre Company, as well as the board of directors for PlayGround, Marin Theatre Company and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre where he also served as Interim Artistic Director.