Billy & Marcia Angel started working together in the 1980s when they ran a theater company based in London, England, and toured the UK extensively for some years.
After the company was disbanded, Billy focussed on solo-performance, and small theater productions which were cast per show. Billy continued to tour the UK, and made regular solo-tours in Europe and the USA.
Over the years Billy began to perform in TV commercials, and teach at one of the top drama schools in London (Webber-Douglas Academy for Music & Drama). Doing a part in an ongoing TV drama series for children, led Billy to focus fully on working with the camera, in front as well as behind the camera.
Billy became a Television-Film writer/ director, and produced many half-hours of TV drama for UK & USA television; a series called ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ which ran for 4 seasons (42 episodes). DVD series available through Vision Video, Philadelphia.
The Angels (Billy & Marcia) organized and hosted a yearly 'Revolution Arts Festival' in South Wales, UK, where they lived for 6 years. They filmed the Festival with their own multi-camera mobile film unit.
Entertaining Angels, the company, was formed when the Angels moved to Florida in 2006. Here Billy filmed the series ‘Psalms Alive’, meditations based on a selection of Psalms, filmed on location in sunny Florida. DVD available through Vision Video.
More recently Billy produced two 3-hour educational films with a top dental expert from the Netherlands, to be used at universities and dental schools. Apart from the 2 long films, a number of short items were produced for publicity purposes.
While living in Florida, where Billy & Marcia moved from the UK at the end of 2006, Billy performed in Retirement Homes, full-time, as an entertainer (of sorts: focussing mostly on Biblical material). Billy also performed in several prisons on a regular basis, as a guest of the prison chaplain. Since Billy often combines a story with a song (to finish the story), this work is called: 'Story & Song'.
Early February 2011, Billy had to leave Florida at short notice, to support is son Daniel in Wales, UK, and help him move on from there. Danielʼs situation turned out to be rather complicated, and it took until the end of October (2011) before the issues had been resolved. Instead of going back to Florida, the Angels moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
While the vision for Story Cafe has been a long time in the making, in Grand Rapids Story Cafe became a reality at the end of 2012. The Cafe was well received on the West Side of town, and Billy & Marcia and have made many customers & friends.
Story Cafe has held a monthly Poetry Night, an Open Floor (Open Mic), a Playback Improv event and a Night Out!, as well as a by-monthly Jazz Night and a Holy Ground event. This last evening is specially designed for a presentation of Biblical material, and Billy has performed at ʻHoly Groundʼ many times.
A lot of TALENT has come through the Cafe over the years, but in the spring of 2019 Billy & Marcia decided that it was time to rap up this chapter. They closed the Cafe in the summer, and relaunched their work as STORY TRIO in October of 2019.
They found a suitable space in the Harris Building on 111 Division Ave. South, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. They set-up a small Theater space called THE STORY LAB; here they continue with Community Events such as:
PLAYBACK IMPROV, OPEN FLOOR, STORY & SONG, and The PICNIC! For more info on the STORY TRIO go to storytrio.org
Billy is preparing to film a new series called THE STORY TELLER, (Old Testament) stories told straight-to-camera by Billy. There are 3 seasons of this new series in the pipe-line.
Together with his friend and script consultant Hans van Dalen (the Netherlands) Billy is developing the concept of a new Jacob's Ladder season, based on the New Testament, to be filmed in LA sometime in the not too distant future.