Billy Milionis is one of the few Australians to have ever studied under the legendary master teacher, the late Sanford Meisner. With John Truby and later at UCLA, Billy also studied story structure and scene analysis techniques and he spent several years doing improvisation in Hollywood with the L.A. Connection. In addition, he trained in the technique of Stella Adler, Practical Aesthetics and Lee Strasberg’s method.
In Australia, Billy has studied with the Campbelltown and Parramatta Actors studios, NIDA Summer Camp, ATYP, The Actor’s Centre, Sydney Talent Company, John Samaha, Brian Adams, Andrea Moore, Lee Biolos, Bill Pepper, Carmen Lysiak and the late Richard Wherrett.
He has appeared on Australian Television series and commercials, as well as numerous international feature films including ‘The Marriage Story’, ‘The Bangkok Bandit’ and ‘On Guard’. His theatre experience in Hollywood and Australia includes ‘Hamlet’, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ‘Julius Caesar’, ‘The Summer of the 17th Doll’, ‘There’s A Ghost in the Basement, Me Lord’ and ‘Insignificance’.
Billy wrote, directed and produced the short film ‘Lost Promises’, which was selected for the ‘Algarve International Film Festival’ in 1998. Another of his short films ‘5 Tables’ (distributed by Trop Fest) was one of 10 films selected out of a thousand for international sale. Both films have been shown to millions of people worldwide.
In 2002, Billy directed and produced the full-length feature film ‘6000 Miles from Hollywood’.
His theatre directing credits include ‘Speed the Plow’, ‘Sunday On The Rocks’, ‘Spike Heels’ and most recently ‘Grace’ with which received outstanding reviews from industry experts including Kevin Jackson, “The production, directed by Billy Milionis, is beautifully controlled and gently articulated”.
Since 1994, Billy has been working as a professional drama coach. He has taught for Sydney Talent Company, Paradox Acting Studio, and for his own studio, The Actors Pulse.