LEAD is a paid performance ensemble working creatively across perceptions of cognitive ability and difference. The guiding principle of LEAD is that everybody is good at some things, and not so good at others. We celebrate what we’re good at and challenge each other where we have room to grow. Now in its fourth season, LEAD continues to deepen its existing exploratory practice while also expanding to run a more production-focused stream. LEAD meets once a week for six-week sessions, with at least two sessions per season. LEAD currently employs a roster of twenty-six neurotypical and neurodiverse artists.

Facilitators: Evelyn Chew, Nathan Kay, Anton Lipovetsky & Lucy McNulty. Producer: Sandra Henderson. Produced by Neworld Theatre. In partnership with posAbilities and Down Syndrome Resource Foundation. With the support of the Vancouver Foundation, TD Bank Group, BC Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, City of Vancouver, Canada Council for the Arts and the Hamber Foundation. Video by Cam AndersonCascade Film & Media


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LEAD Ensemble participants, Photo by Cam Anderson

LEAD at The Democratic Set. Photo by Akumdeep Singh

LEAD ‘Stage One’ participants

LEAD enZOOMble participants, April 17, 2020

LEAD Music Video “It’s a Good Question Song” created by Aaron Waddingham, Amanda Testini, Amber Barton, Andrew Gordon, Callan Parker, David Shoring, Elliott Hedley, Evelyn Chew, Jason Konowalchuk, Lucy McNulty, Matthew Tom-Wing, Nathan Kay, Roxanne Wilson, Veda Hille with special guest Marcus Youssef. Video edited by Evelyn Chew, February 2021.