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The Chemical Valley Project ()

Produced by

Broadleaf Theatre

Presented by

Theatre Passe Muraille

Creators: Kevin Matthew Wong and Julia Howman
Playwright: Kevin Matthew Wong


Bob Nasmith Innovation Backspace


April 4th, 2019 – April 20th, 2019


Located in Sarnia, Ontario, the Aamjiwnaang First Nations reserve and its 900 residents are smothered by one of Canada’s largest petrochemical corridors: the Chemical Valley. Siblings Vanessa Gray and Lindsay Beze Gray have dedicated their lives to fighting the pollution that threatens their community’s health, safety, and future. In The Chemical Valley Project, theatre makers and friends Julia Howman and Kevin Matthew Wong document Vanessa and Lindsay’s vital activism and journeys as land defenders and water protectors. Through an innovative blend of projection design, object puppetry, and solo-performance, Kevin Matthew Wong (Honourable Mention for Theatre Centre’s Emerging Artist Award, SummerWorks 2017) and Julia Howman seek to spark conversations on Canadian environmental policy, treaty rights, and Indigenous relations, as well as the current nature of Canadian identity and values in The Chemical Valley Project. (


Kevin Matthew Wong Performer

Creative Team

Kevin Matthew Wong Creator
Julia Howman Creator
Kevin Matthew Wong Playwright
Julia Howman Production Designer
Vanessa Gray Dramaturge
Vanessa Gray Advisor
Lindsay Gray Dramaturge
Lindsay Gray Advisor
John Cabanela Lighting Designer
Julia Howman Lighting Designer
Frank Incer Associate Sound Designer
Aidan O’Brien Sound Design Assistant
Minha Lee Original Composition
Michael Henley Original Composition Contributions


Heather Bellingham Stage Manager
Emma Westray Producer
Sabah Haque Producer
Chantel Watts Producer
Gaitrie Persaud Deaf Interpreter
Rogue Benjamin Hearing Interpreter
Alex Bulmer Audio Description Consultant
Sunshine Lezard Deaf Community Consultant
Graham Isador Photo
Christopher Ross Crew
Christian Stephens Crew


Laura Philipps Backspace Technician
Eric Read Production Manager