Alyssa Billingsley (also known as "Alyssa Joy") is a Canadian singer, actor, and 'global citizen.'
Hailing from rural Saskatchewan, she grew up on the open prairie and attended school in a small community of 1200 people where arts education was not abundantly available. This lead to her journey in community and cultural development through the arts.
A true theatre nomad, Alyssa has been living as freelancer -- performing contract to contract throughout Canada while being driven to strengthen cultural, social, and community development.
Performance credits include a Tribe Member in Hair (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), the Calgary Critter-nominated roles of Annie and Shelly in Evil Dead: The Musical (Hit and Myth/Ground Zero), Octavia in the Canada-wide tour of The Backyardigans LIVE: Deep Sea in Adventure (KOBA Entertainment), Young Joni Mitchell in Songs of a Prairie Girl (Wild Side Productions) at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Violet in It's A Wonderful Life and Amy in Little Women (Persephone Theatre), and Stewer in Chickens (Station Arts Centre). Her two most recent Edmonton Fringe festival appearances were as Shelley in the Sterling-nominated production of Batboy (Patient Mango Theatre) and Carrie in Carrie:The Muscial (50% Fruit Theatre), She was both tour manager and a performer for Wide Open Theatre's 2015 4-month Alberta and Saskatchewan puppet tour and is pleased to frequently keep up her puppeteering and physical theatre skills.
Educational credits: Theatre Arts Diploma from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB, Canadian National Voice Intensive in Vancouver, BC, the Guildford School of Acting Summer Workshop in Guildford, England. Francine Côté's Clown and Comedy School in Montréal, Québec. She is a certified Personal Trainer through canfitpro and is currently working toward her Estill Voice CMT Certification.
Alyssa's main ambition in her work is to leave the world better than she found it. She has been involved in several art-based development projects: volunteering with Clowns Sans Frontières, and The Gesundheit Institute! , MCing arts fundraisers for volunteer projects, teaching drama classes to junior high, and animating theatre-based workshops on social issues such as bullying and gambling with her work with Kompany Family Theatre and the ASSIST Community Cultural Centre.
Alyssa is also an alumna of Canada World Youth's Young Leaders In Action Program and EQWIP HUBs, in which she spent a total of six months volunteering overseas in Bénin and Ghana on youth-driven projects.