Billy Houck has served as a distinguished theatre educator for 39 years. He retired as a theatre teacher in 2018 from Fremont High School, home to Thespian Troupe 2753, where he developed a project-based theatre education program including coursework in acting, stagecraft, Shakespeare, stage combat, movement, musical theatre, technical theatre, design, playwriting, and literary analysis. Houck has directed more than 200 productions and written 15 published plays. He was a theatre critic for a San Luis Obispo newspaper, a dramaturg publicist, and former director for the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival. Houck has been a member of EdTA since 1981, serving on the California Thespian board as co-director and northern California representative. In 2006, he was inducted into the California Thespian Hall of Fame.