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.

Creative Team

Sandra Henderson
Nathan Kay
Lucy McNulty
Evelyn Chew
Anton Lipovetsky


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, Deux Mille Foundation, Youssef Warren Foundation, and the Hamber Foundation
Video by Cam AndersonCascade Film & Media

Land Acknowledgment

Neworld is grateful to create our work on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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