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Realwheels Society creates and produces performances that deepen understanding of the disability experience.



Our Mission

Realwheels Society creates and produces performances that deepen audiences' understanding of disability.

We provide respectful and accurate representation of disability, with a vision for full integration of people with disabilites in the performing arts.  

We inspire audiences to embrace inclusion of disability onstage, and, even more importantly, offstage in the real world!

We’re also creating opportunities for a new generation of people with disabilities to participate in the performing arts.


Established in 2003 and founded by visionary James Sanders as a platform for authentic representation of disability, Realwheels has produced five professional theatrical productions, SKYDIVE, SPINE, WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY?, RE-CALCULATING, CREEPS, and SEQUENCE which together have been performed in 14 theatres across Canada to over 37,000 patrons.

Community Engagement is integral to our programming. We provide meaningful training and coaching to people with disabilities, thoroughly enriching experiences in the performing arts for participants and audiences alike.

We’ve produced eight community collaboration projects since 2007, often exploring daring territory.

In 2018, community participants engaged in a six-day intensive Wheel Voices Power Play, exploring dramatic situations from everyday life. We developed a rough and raw theatre piece that was shared in a public gathering, as audience members stepped in to help find solutions.

In 2017, we produced Comedy on Wheels: Celebrating Canada’s Birthday with Belly Laughs!  This original, creative, lively disability-inspired comedy variety show combined stand-up performances, sketch comedy, live music, projections, and fun surprises as Realwheels’ community cast tackled some of our sacred cows, along with a special guest comic star from the UK, Tanyalee Davis.

In 2016, we created and mounted a new production entitled SEXY-VOICES, exploring sexual identity from a disability perspective, with a playful, burlesque lens!

We thank you for your interest in Realwheels, and invite you to get involved. 

Please consider supporting artistic activity that deepens understanding of the lived experience of disability, and supports emerging artists with disabilities.  Thank you!


780 SW Marine Drive

Vancouver, BC, V6P 5Y7

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