Billy McEntee
Billy McEntee is the Theater Editor at The Brooklyn Rail and a freelance writer and artist.

At The Brooklyn Rail, Billy writes analyses of new plays and also founded Rail Shorts, which commissions playwrights to write short works accompanied by original illustrations. Billy was the inaugural 2022/23 Terry Helbing Fellow for the American Theatre Critics Association. Additionally, he's written for The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Vanity Fair, Travel + Leisure, American Theatre, them, Observer, and Playbill.

As an artist, his theater pieces have won a Queens Arts Council grant and been featured in Time Out New York and Brooklyn Magazine. His play Geraldine Realigned Drives from Gay Place to Gay Place and You're in the Car Too premiered at The Brick in 2023 and will return to that venue in 2024. His short film Lindsay Lindsey Lyndsey premiered at the Chelsea Film Festival.

Billy has taught with The School of The New York Times and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, has appeared on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and is an alumnus of the O'Neill's National Critics Institute.

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  • Have fun with your friends while stabbing them in the back: introducing Kill Your Friends, bespoke murder mysteries for parties, get-togethers, and gatherings of all kinds! Working with individual clients, Billy crafts a three-act evening, guidebooks, and character sheets based on the party's vibe and needs. Previous murder mystery settings have included White Lotus: Thailand, an upstate farmer's market, and a ten-year cast reunion for a failed CW show, amongst others. Where do you want to Kill Your Friends? Murder mysteries cost $25 per head — visit the Contact page to get in touch!
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    Billy McEntee
    Billy is a freelance writer available for hire. He writes criticism, company blogs and website copy, and queer scripts.

    Get in touch at williamjude92 [at] gmail [dot] com.

    All photos by Jake White.