Considered one of the top young actors in New Orleans, Billy was brought out to Los Angeles at the invitation of Dustin Hoffman. Since he began acting, Billy has been recognized for being an outstanding young talent: he is the youngest lead actor recipient of the “Marquee Award,” was the youngest professional acting instructor in New Orleans, the youngest company member of Louisiana’s Shakespeare Festival, and the youngest student at Michael Howard Studios in New York City. Billy has trained in England at The British American Dramatic Academy (BADA) and has lived and worked in New York and L.A. He holds a B.A. in Drama and Communications from the University of New Orleans, where he graduated #1 in the Drama program (Cum Laude), and was offered a personal scholarship to The Strasberg Institute by Anna Strasberg. In addition to being featured in The Times Picayune’s annual ‘Best of New Orleans’ edition, Billy received his second “Marquee Award” nomination for Romeo & Juliet, in which he played both Romeo and Mercutio and produced, and his commercial with the New Orleans Saints received the National Sports Forum “ADchievement Award.” In a relatively short period of time, Billy has been able to work with some of the top talent in the industry, including: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Barbra Streisand, Adam Sandler, and Ben Stiller. Billy Slaughter is president of Panta Rei Productions and is writer, executive producer, and one of the stars of the feature film “Utility,” which was on schedule to shoot in New Orleans in 2006, when he and the project lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. Billy is currently trying to get “Utility” back on track.