"I’ve been teaching here for over a decade and it’s truly been one of the highlights of my career. I’ve since reached a place in my career where I hear all the time: “Why do you still teach? You’re a busy working actor – you don’t have to.” I tell them I don’t teach because I have to; I teach because I want to. Teaching continues to make me a better actor, and my acting continues to make me a better teacher. I’m an actor foremost, so I can relate to my students firsthand on that level. I love the opportunity to impact to them the things that inspired me, or the things I wish someone have said to me along the way. I teach the theory, I teach the technique, but mainly I teach the person. For some, it’s just about helping discover a voice or a part of themselves they never knew they had. For others, it’s recognizing that they have the ability to go wherever they want with it and helping guide them there. It’s always great seeing students at auditions applying what they’ve learned and living out their dreams, but seeing them on set is as good as it gets. We’re all always learning. I learn from my students; they in turn inspire me; and personally, I’m a big fan of many of the actors who have come through our classrooms. Like Stanislavsky, the father of modern acting, said – don’t love yourself in the art; love the art in yourself!"
- Billy Slaughter, Acting Instructor