About Nick Leavens

Nick Leavens is the founder of INCISIVE LLC, a broad-based consulting practice specializing Ethical Institution Building primarily for arts and social justice not-for-profits. Nick has worked at The Museum of Modern Art, Eyebeam, Atlantic Theater, Sheen Center, on projects with Anna Deavere Smith, Art Omi, North Star Fund, LES Film Festival, was the Founder and Artistic Director of |the claque| and Artistic Director of the New York Arab Comedy Festival. He specializes in strategic planning, creative consulting and concepting, artistic programming, project management, board development, audience engagement, building development, and org management. Nick was a recipient of a 2017 Endeavour Executive Fellowship awarded by the Australian Government and the first theatre professional to receive the award. He's lectured at Ohio State University, The University of Sydney, The University of Melbourne, Cornell University, and Ithaca College. He is an active director, writer and producer, creating hundreds plays and more recently working in film.


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The Approach

The INCISIVE process recognizes there are no one-size-fits-all solutions to the complex challenges you or your company face; our consulting practice is customized to the needs of each client. We listen to your needs, identify key challenges and greater goals, and collaborate with you to define your path toward success. Our recommendations are always based in ethical management practices, progressive institution building, and inclusion. We pride ourselves in consistency, a commitment to quality, with the goal of defining excellence.

INCISIVE will utilize the services of other specialist as needed to fully maximize the client experience and meet all potential client needs. While the budgets of every INCISIVE project have varied from barebones to big bucks, we pride ourselves in consistency, a commitment to quality, with the goal of defining excellence.


Nick has produced hundreds of live events including concerts, plays, food festivals, lectures, and experiential installations as well as films and art installations. Notable producing engagements include Anna Deavere Smith’s Pipeline Project, Snapchat’s Summer Concert Series in Santa Monica, countless theatrical events, the long running “Mac Off” mac and cheese competition, and the Arab American Comedy Festival.