We Deserve To Work

Tickets are on sale here.

This project is a partnership with the Community Living Society and Massey Theatre Society, and is funded primarily through the Vancouver Foundation.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) want to work, and research demonstrates they are great employees (UBC CIIC, 2018). Policy makers, practitioners, family members, and self advocates are calling for improved employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

People with IDD deserve competitive integrated employment: a career in  the open labour market with non-disabled employees that offers at least minimum wage and similar benefits to all colleagues, including opportunities for growth. Through social theatre we will problematize and transform societal misperceptions and stereotypes by celebrating self advocates’ abilities and right to work.

This project is tackling this complex social issue and challenging employers to learn about the benefits of inclusive hiring. Moreover, this project aims to increase awareness about the rights to employment for self advocates among family members, support workers, employers, and individuals with IDD themselves. Self-advocates deserve to work!

The CLS Theatre Company co-created Romance, Relationships & Rights in 2019. The full performance at the Anvil Centre can be viewed online here. 


Performances at the Massey Theatre, New Westminster, BC

  • Friday November 18 2022, 12:30pm matinee
  • Saturday November 19 2022, 7:30pm evening
  • Sunday November 20 2022, 2:00pm matinee

A wide rage of ticket pricing is available in hopes that everyone can attend. Please pay what you can.

Please telephone the Massey Theatre at (604) 521-5050 or admin@ticketsnw.ca to reserve accessible seating and companion seating.


“Access and inclusion in creativity and self-expression is a fundamental right of all people. For much of the history of theatre making this access and inclusion has not existed. It is time for that to become a thing of the past. Such notions are challenging to our facilities, our funding models and our day to day methods of work in the performing arts professions. In order for adaptations to emerge, the sector must engage with self-advocates directly and in a sustained manner.”

  ~ Jessica Schneider, Executive Director, Massey Theatre Society