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Special needs. Addiction. Divorce. Righteous grandmas. Overwhelmed parents. One kid in the closet and another on the road as a showgirl. How can it all be happening in the same family? There's only one sure bet-things will get worse before they get better. Join young Warn Barnes for a bumpy ride through the 1970s and 80s in a sweet, heartfelt and funny story that will make you laugh until you cry. It's all part of ... THAT WHICH MAKES US STRONGER.

“THAT WHICH MAKES US STRONGER is a beautifully written story, told with the nostalgic sensibility of a modern-day Jean Shepherd, combined with the gentle sardonic wit of David Sedaris. Greg Triggs made me alternately laugh and cry with this very personal novel. Part memoir, part fiction,
completely heartwarming.”

Gary Adler, Broadway conductor, and composer/lyricist of Altar Boyz

"THAT WHICH MAKES US STRONGER is a colorful and brutally honest account of growing up gay in an alcoholic Midwestern household. Greg Triggs’ memories are all at once wholesome as apples and sharp as razor blades—peppered with bitter truths about the families we’re born into and the ones we choose for ourselves. Overflowing with sardonic wit, Triggs’ story is heartfelt, haunting and ultimately hopeful."

Bizzy Coy, The New Yorker, McSweeney's, Vulture

"This is a well-plotted story with a sympathetic heroine struggling to regain her feet after a disaster takes her family away from her.  Nicely written, with memorable characters andvivid pictures of New York City and Orlando.  

It’s not loud or gory, but hard to put down."  


Monica Ferris, author of The Betsy Devonshire Needlecraft Mysteries

"The Next Happiest Place on Earth is going to make you laugh out loud and shed a tear or two for Greg Triggs wildly crazy, but never predictable characters. Enjoy this hilarious journey! I did." 


- Iris Rainer Dart, author of Beaches





  • Believe, SeaWorld San Antonio 

  • Rockin’ Ski Party, SeaWorld San Antonio 

  • Shamu's Rockin' Creepshow and Halo-Scream, SeaWorld San Antonio 

  • Sweet Dreams, a Musical Nightmare, Busch Gardens, Tampa 

  • One Wild Night, Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida 

  • Super Bowl XXXIV 2000 Half Time Show, Tapestry of Nations 

  • Safari Quest (2003) and Jungle Trek (2004), Philadelphia Zoo. 

  • How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall, the premiere education program for Zankel Hall, the newest performance space at Carnegie Hall. 

  • Recipient of the Jeb Bush Governor’s Institute Playwriting Grant for teenagers.  Tomorrowland (2000), But I Don’t Like Her! (2001) and Too Commercial (2002) 




  • Columnist, Metro Diary, Metro Source Magazine, distributed nationally. 

  • Columnist, What Would Greg Do?, Watermark (Orlando, FL) and Out and About (Nashville, TN). 

  • Nationally syndicated interviews with Paul Rudnick, Charles Busch, Sandra Bernhard, Bea Arthur and Lily Tomlin 

  • Out and About, an online travel magazine published by  Profiles include New York City, the Spas of America, Nashville, Tennessee and Freeport, Maine.




Greg Triggs, Boy Receptionist

Butch Triggs, Soviet Spy




Greg Triggs' client roster includes Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Imagineering, SeaWorld, the Tribeca Film Festival, the World Science Festival, the BBC,TLC, ABC, Carnegie Hall, Scholastic Publishing, South Africa Tourism, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Light the Night a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of New York which raised over $1,200,000.

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Show Director


  • Disney Vacation Club, Creative Director

  • Opening Production Team, Aulani: a Disney Resort & Spa

  • Opening Production Team, Disney Dream

  • Opening Production Team, Disney Fantasy

  • Disney Children's Activity Centers, Walt Disney World

  • Family & Adult and Youth Activities, Disney Cruise Line

  • Civic Builders Annual Fundraiser, NYC

  • OPA! A Celebration of Greece, Disney Cruise Line

  • Sea Lion High, SeaWorld San Antonio

  • Cinderella’s Princess Court, World of Disney,

  • Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island on a per assignment basis conceptualizing special events, new club concepts, new entertainment concepts, and supervising all regular venues. 

  • Safari Quest, Jungle Trek, interactive family shows for the Philadelphia Zoo. 

  • I Spy, an interactive walking tour of the Tribeca neighborhood for Scholastic Publishing, a corporate sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival. 

  • Fairy Tales – winner, Best Production, Orlando Fringe Festival, 2002.  Called, “Buoyant and jubilant…expertly directed…” by The Orlando Sentinel. 

  • Orlando Theatre Project – The Lion in Winter, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Miss Firecracker Contest featuring Budge Threlkeld from the original New York cast. 


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