Billy Dee is a gender-variant carpenter and teaching artist currently based in North Carolina where ze works as a construction crew leader for Habitat for Humanity of Durham. Billy received hir BFA from Concordia University in 2005 and has worked as theatre technician specializing in puppet design/building. Billy worked as a Youth Worker and temporarily as the Assistant Coordinator for “The Crib” (a Chicago based emergency overnight shelter for youth experiencing homelessness) from 2011-2014. Ze has created numerous illustrations for popular education materials produced by Chicago-based Project NIA, and has worked as an exhibit designer with Project NIA to create exhibits including “Black Inside:A History of Captivity and Confinement” at the African American Cultural Center at U.I.C. (2012).