of JumpStart, founding Artistic Director of Savage
Media and founding co-director of the SongBird
Project, Nelson Gray is a writer, director
and producer with more than twenty original interdisciplinary performances.
The recipient of numerous awards and commissions, Nelson has published
poetry, essays and reviews, and written lyrics and libretto for composers
Gregory Ray, John Celona, Andreas Kahre, John Lang, and DB Boyko. His
collaborations with Lee Eisler resulted in national and international
touring productions , and his work on The SongBird Oratorio
has been presented in Canada, England and the United States.
Nelson holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD in Theatre History from the University of Victoria wiith a research focus on ecocriticism and Canadian drama. He
teaches English and creative writing at Vancouver Island University.