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Live Describe

Experience our Audio Description Services

December 16, 2:30 PM and December 18, 1 PM Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical, Young People’s Theatre, Toronto, ON. Tickets: https://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/about-ypt/accessibility/#audio
December 16, 1 PM, TOUCH TOUR, This is a free event however registration is required. To book the touch tour please contact Aimee Bouchard, Community Programs Manager, abouchard@youngpeoplestheatre.ca 416-363-5131 x 216

Formed in 2016, LIVE DESCRIBE is a coalition of  Audio Description Service providers in and around Toronto, Canada, who specialize in live on-location Audio Description Service delivery.

The Service

We offer high quality live, on­location Audio Described performances that adhere to the American Audio Description Code and Standards.

We can prepare and present:

– Audio Description for live performance
– Audio Description for Conferences, Seminars, Panels and Working Groups
– Recorded and live Verbal Descriptions for Art (visual, performance, installations)
– Described Video for film and television

Professionally trained and able to work with any team, we will prepare a timeline and fee schedule specific to the production and venue. Contact us at booking@livedescribe.ca

Clients and described locations include

ACTRA Toronto
Aki Studio
Aluna Theatre
Amazing Ain’t It Entertainment Inc.
American Society For Theatre Research
Art Gallery of Guelph
Art Gallery of Ontario
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Calatrava Atrium (Brookfield Place)
Factory Theatre
Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT)
Fort York National Historical Site
Full Radius Dance (Atlanta, GA)
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
Jenelle Rouse & Shelly Nafshi Productions
Les Ballets C de la B
Lester B. Pearson Airport
Luminato Festival
Mark Brose & Wanda Fitzgerald Films
National Arts Centre
Native Earth Performing Arts
Para-Pan Am Games
Power Productions (St. John’s, NL)
Project Re-vision
Propeller Dance
Rare Theatre
Red Dress Productions
Resource Centre for the Arts (St. John’s NL)
Ryerson University
Saga Collectif
Soulpepper Theatre
Sound Cinema
Stratford Festival of Canada
Summit on Indigeneity and Disability
Tangled Art + Disability (Gallery and  Kids Fest)
Tarragon Theatre
The Republic of Inclusion
University of Guelph
University of Toronto
York University
Young People’s Theatre
Zombie Tree Productions

Service Providers

Rebecca Singh, Rebecca@livedescribe.ca

Rebecca has described theatre, performance art and large­ scale art installations with both live and recorded AD. Her credits include The School for Scandal and Treasure Island for the Stratford Festival, En avant, marche! at Luminato, Black Boys and Body Politic at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, More Fine Girls at Tarragon Theatre, Bethune Re­imagined at Factory Theatre, In Spirit and Witness to the Ruin presented at the RUTAS Festival by Native Earth Performing Arts and Aluna Theatre and a workshop presentation of how to produce an audio described performance for the Republic of Inclusion conference.

Rebecca prepared and recorded over 90 minutes of audio descriptions of large scale art installations installed by the Luminato Festival in 2011 and 2012. Locations included Brookfield Place, Fort York and Toronto’s Pearson Airport. When the MP3 recordings were downloaded by hundreds of patrons the initiative became the Festival’s most well­ received access initiative in its history.

When not Audio Describing, Rebecca is a culture professional, performer, producer and parent to a rambunctious toddler.

Kat Germain, Kat@livedescribe.ca

Kat is a member of the Audio Description Association (UK) with a wide breadth of experience including dance, theatre, sports, conferences, workshops and narrative film. While her training and the majority of engagements have included scripted description, Kat excels in improvised description.

Clients/ events include: Young People’s Theatre, Power Productions (St. John’s Newfoundland), 15 films for Project Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice; University of Guelph, Tangled Art + Disability (Toronto & Peterborough), Closed Captioning Services Inc., American Society For Theatre Research (ASTR; Atlanta Georgia), Disability Rights Promotion International Summit on Indigeneity and Disability, York University, Tarragon Theatre, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Convergence, University of Toronto, National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Stratford Festival, Luminato Festival, ParaPan Am games, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, Aluna Theatre, Picasso Pro, and numerous narrative and web shorts including ACTRA Toronto’s “Share the Screen” Initiative.

Kat is an ally and advocate for increased inclusion and autonomy on stage and screen for people from traditionally marginalized communities with emphasis on artists with lived experience of disability. This includes intermittent work with ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee, work with Picasso Pro, an inclusive community of artists specializing in integrated (inter-abilities), their collaborative arts projects, and creative endeavours with disability-identified artists.

When not getting her hands dirty in the arts world as an audio describer, actor, writer and filmmaker, Kat is an Occasional Teacher for the Toronto District School Board and predominantly works in intensive support classrooms working with kids with neurodevelopmental differences.

What is Audio Description?

Audio Description is the Art of Talking Pictorially. Audio Description makes live performances, visual art exhibitions, parades, sports and other cultural opportunities more accessible to persons who are blind or partially sighted. Describers do not keep a running commentary, but rather talk about the essential, visual aspects of the production in order to help listeners share the total experience of the performance. Describers act as reporters.

Professional Audio Describers do not base their comments on their own biases or impressions. Instead, they pass on visual information and allow the listeners to develop their own opinions and conclusions. Patrons are issued a single earphone and small receivers through which they can hear a trained describer depict the sets, costumes and non­verbal onstage action live via a portable transmitter. The technology used is generally similar to that used for guided tours. From a vantage point in the booth the describer imparts information both during the performance and before the show when the patrons are seated in the house.

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