The first Live Description program in Canada was launched by Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture in 2009 at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company’s production of “The Miracle Worker”. Originally named “EarSighted”, the program was renamed “VocalEye” and became a separate non-profit society in 2012 and a Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (BC/Yukon) the following year.
VOCALEYE’S REGULAR THEATRE PARTNERS INCLUDE:
PERFORMANCES HAVE ALSO BEEN DESCRIBED FOR:
Broadway Across Canada, Carousel Theatre For Young People, The Cultch, The Firehall Arts Centre, Presentation House, Touchstone Theatre, The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company; film screenings and special events for Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, BACI, PosAbilities, Open Door, Reel2Real; parades and festivals, including PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Vancouver Pride Society.
VocalEye’s annual fundraising event, TALES FROM THE BLIND SIDE, features true tales told by members of the blind and low vision community. Each storyteller receives one-to-one mentorship and guidance from an experienced arts professional. Several of our storytellers have been invited to retell their stories at other venues, including THE FLAME (which inspired our event) and the Vancouver Society of Storytelling.
VocalEye recently received the Achievement Award in Audio Description – International from The American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project at their annual conference in 2014. This award was presented to the founder and Executive Managing Director, Steph Kirkland, and to VocalEye for outstanding contributions to the establishment and/or continued development of significant audio description programs.
VocalEye Descriptive Arts continues to provide a full season of described theatre performance in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Other descriptive services and programs serving the blind and partially sighted community are currently in development.