Photo of Greg Greene and Wes Driver, directors and writers at Blackbird Theater

Wes Driver

Artistic Director, Resident Writer

Wes Driver’s theater career began as an actor when he, at 14, played Pappy Yokum in his hometown’s production of Lil’ Abner. After portraying every tall, skinny character in the Samuel French catalogue (from Ichabod Crane to the Scarecrow), Wes wiped away the greasepaint, bought an ascot, and started to direct, mounting productions for the Algonquin Players (which he also co-founded), Lipscomb University, and Towne Centre Theatre. However, his first and fiercest passion has always been writing. Wes’s professional writing career began when as students he and Greg, his frequent collaborator, were commissioned by the Lipscomb Theater Department to write a trilogy of murder mysteries. He has, in fact, made much of his living writing in various forms (a proud and unlikely accomplishment for a guy with an English degree), working as an editor, copywriter, and occasional ghostwriter, while still churning out plays (such as Twilight of the Gods and the epic musical Myth) and a growing list of unproduced screenplays. Wes and his wife Michelle have two daughters, Juliet and Charlotte.

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Greg Greene

Managing Director, Resident Writer

Greg Greene is a playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor, director, and voice artist. In 1992, Greg began his collaboration with Wes on a student film project, the satirical sitcom Take My Life, Please. In the years following, they together wrote and produced the “Murder at Avalon” series and began experimenting in the soon-to-emerge 24-hour play phenomenon, successfully writing, directing, and producing five one-acts, each within a 24-hour period. Starting in 1997, Greg has served as a key creative developer of the children’s video series JAM Films, having authored twenty-one screenplays, directing or co-directing many of them. He has also written, produced, and directed promotional videos for a number of Tennessee’s nonprofit organizations. In 2004, Greg and Wes began developing the story for Myth, their first foray into musical theater, written in collaboration with composer Michael Slayton. Greg and his wife Chelle enjoy spending time with their triplets—Ashley, Mason, and Aussie.

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