FOUNDING DIRECTORS    
BETH CARRUTHERS AND NELSON GRAY
 
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Co-founder and past Creative Director of SongBird and former Director of Exposure Gallery, Beth is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist whose work for more than 25 years has explored the human-world relationship. She is the author of a seminal research report for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Canada Council for the Arts on Arts in Ecology (2006).


She lectures internationally, and works as a consultant and curator in the area of arts and sustainability. Since 2006 Beth has been developing and leading professional and university courses and programmes focused on creative, collaborative, transdisciplinary and intercultural responses to complex "wicked" problems of sustainability. Her scholarly work is widely taught and studied across the environmental humanities and arts.


She holds an MA in Values and Environment from the Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy at Lancaster University (UK). Currently, she is undertaking a self-designed research PhD at the University of British Columbia, investigating how embodied, aesthetic experience informs, forms, and transforms values and the human-world relationship across cultures.

   
 

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.