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Audio Description

Please go to www.livedescribe.ca for all  Audio description activities of 2016 and later.

Audio description, the art of talking pictorially, acts as a verbal lens making exhibits, theatre, film and other art events more accessible to patrons who are blind or partially sighted. Patrons use audio devices to hear trained describers talk about visual aspects that are vital to experiencing the works in their totality.

Theatre Local works in partnership with Picasso PRO,  a collective dedicated to bridging disability and the performance/media arts.

Theatre Local has created and provided audio description for :

RUTAS Festival 2014 w/Aluna Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts (live theatre, Video Performance- In Spirit and Witness to the Ruin)

Luminato Festival 2012 (visual arts- The Encampment on the grounds of Fork York, along Parliament Street- ///Re-PLY\\\, at Pearson Airport- S/N) w/Picasso PRO

Luminato Festival 2011 (Sargasso) w/Picasso PRO

Tarragon Theatre 2011 (live theatre- More Fine Girls) AD produced by Picasso PRO

Dance Workshop 2011 (live describe of workshop teaming with ASL interpreters to support  both Visually and Hearing impaired participants) AD produced by Picasso PRO

Background: Picasso PRO began training Audio describers and providing live description in 2010 through the Sun Life Art’s Access Program, Rebecca Singh/Theatre Local was one of the first describers trained at that time. Rebecca was the Luminato Festival fellow* in 2010-11 and was the driving force behind in establishing the Audio Description Pilot Program in 2011, with the landmark audio description of Philip Beesley’s Sargasso.

*This position was generously funded by the Canada Arts Training Fund, at the Department of Canadian Heritage, in partnership with Obsidian Theatre Company.

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