John Gray

John Gray (Author/Composer, Billy Bishop Goes to War) is a Canadian writer-composer-performer for stage, TV, film, radio & print. He is best- known for his stage musicals & for his two seasons as a satirist on CBC TVs The Journal, as well as an author, speaker & social critic on cultural- political issues. 

Born in Ottawa & raised in Nova Scotia, he obtained a B.A. at Mount Allison University & an M.A. at the University of British Columbia, where he founded Tamahnous Theatre & served as Director from 1971-74. He then joined Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto, where he began writing and composing for the stage. In 1978 he wrote & composed Billy Bishop Goes to War, which appeared on Broadway in New York City in 1980, in London's West End, and in over 150 independent productions in Canada & the U.S. Billy Bishop appeared on television in a BBC- CBC co-production and in a German version, Billy Bishop Steig Auf. Billy Bishop Goes to War was the winner of the Governor Generals Literary Award for Drama in 1983; the Chalmers Canadian Play Award in 1982; and, the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1981.

June, 2006