Israel R. Hillery is a performance artist, director, educator, and playwright who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He is a southern bred native of Atlanta, Georgia. He holds aMasters of Music in Music Theatre Performance through the Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Development at New York University. He graduated in 2006 from Webster University (Saint Louis, MO) with a B.A. in Music after studying musical theatre and classical voice. He is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association, The National Endowment for the Arts, The International Thespian Society and the Coalition of Theater Educators and Teachers. He has performed and toured in musicals/plays both regionally and internationally. He has appeared on new recordings of orchestral and choral works as a featured soloist. He is a guest artist, teacher, educator, and administrator. He is the playwright of many original works and plays which depicts the struggles and triumphs of the different minorities in America. He is the author of two published short stories . He was the Recipient of the Outstanding Georgia Leadership Award and Scholarship. In his early years, he opened the Pre- Atlanta Olympic Ceremony of 1996 as the Master of Ceremonies introducing the world to the new mascot. He served as a Spokesperson for the D.A.R.E program for the State of Georgia’s Public Broadcasting Station. Recent Credits include: Featured Soloist with Linda Eder in Concert at The Town Hall in NYC, The European Tour of “Porgy and Bess” (Atlanta Opera and Opera Comique, Paris, France), "The Wiz" (True Colors Theatre Company (- dir. Kenny Leon) and "Seussical the Musical" (Alliance Theatre.
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