Co-founder 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.