As Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Aldo Billingslea heads Santa Clara University’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. He also is Professor of Acting and Performance Studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Professor Billingslea joined Santa Clara University as a visiting guest lecturer in 1996 and became a tenured member of the faculty in 2005. He served as Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance for three years and Vice Chair of the University’s Athletics Advisory
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
It meant recognition as an artist and contributing member of the South Bay, by peers I greatly admire and a thriving community I am proud to serve.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
I am a Professor of Acting and also work in an administrative capacity as Santa Clara University's Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion to create more artistic and academic opportunities for others. The time constraints mean I act only on occasion, but even this important work cannot keep me from the boards forever!
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Invest in yourself! Sacrifice a little now for payoff later, example - The value of a pack of cigarettes goes into a savings account each week, and eventually into a Roth IRA.
Life changing! Worthy of support!