Key Collaborators

Artistic Director / Choreographer / Dancer
Lauren Edson
Creative Director / Composer / Musician
Andrew Stensaas

Company History

LED was founded by husband-and-wife duo Lauren Edson and Andrew Stensaas in January of 2015. Lauren, a choreographer/dancer, and Andrew, a musician/composer, had a prior successful collaboration: "Shatter on the Rocks or Cover Your Ears", which premiered at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise, Idaho on September 28th, 2013. Fresh off the birth of their first child, the duo were looking to dedicate themselves to their artistic collaboration full time. Keeping in mind their ambitions to create cinematic theatrical experiences, Lauren and Andrew brought on board filmmaker Kyle Morck to work alongside them on creating their production's narratives.

LED's first public performance was at Treefort Music Fest on March 27th, 2015. The show took place in front of a packed house in Treefort's performance art tent. The work, "Barbarian Princess", was the first act of an evening length narrative inspired by the life of Zelda Fitzgerald titled "This Side of Paradise". After a summer of touring "Barbarian Princess" through out the Pacific Northwest, "This Side of Paradise" premiered at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts on October 10th, 2015.

2016 began with the release of LED's first album, the soundtrack to "This Side of Paradise", which was released along side a sold-out performance at the Egyptian Theatre. In March, LED returned to Treefort Music Fest with the first act of "This Way to the Egress". Their performance was received by an at-capacity crowd at Boise's Rose Room. LED continued to build the evening length version of "This Way to the Egress", with work-in-progress performances at the Visual Arts Collective in Boise, and a performance in Port Angeles, Washington. The full-length version of "This Way to the Egress" premiered in front of a nearly sold-out audience at the Morrison Center on October 29th, 2016.

Founding Funders

Carol Swig
Debby and Dave Edson
Lesley Andrus
Karen Meyer and C.K. Haun
Jacque and Hal Eastman
Sondra and Dick Hackborn
Shana and Martin Tubach
Carolyn and Kris Robinson
Clio and Richard Thorpe
Lonnie Shumsky and Kevin Shea
Georgiann and Rich Raimondi