Stafford Ray's life has been led by curiosity and concern for humanity and its environment. His many plays for young people address serious issues of bullying, smoking and so on, with humour and respect, even for the bad guys. Family members refer to him as the 'Polymath' because of his need to understand how the world works. That drive has taken him to excellence in several professions. But he is also the guy you need on the proverbial desert island, to build a shelter, grow food and teach the children.