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Accessibility at Intrepid Theatre
Open Now: Victoria Theatre Deaf Engagement Survey
Intrepid Theatre currently has a survey open for Deaf and hard of hearing community members, to gather feedback that will shape our ASL-interpreted and captioned programming going forward.
Intrepid Theatre invites you to share your thoughts and experiences about theatre in Victoria. Our goal is to understand what Deaf community members are interested in and how we can create an accessible and inclusive theatre environment for audience members and artists. Whether or not you have been to theatre events before, we would very much appreciate your feedback. This 5-10 minute survey is geared toward those in Victoria, but open to anyone in BC. Questions are included in English and ASL. The survey and ASL translations were created in partnership with Connor Yuzwenko-Martin, a Deaf artist and public relations consultant. The survey closes June 20th.
Ongoing Accessibility Initiatives
Intrepid Theatre strives to be a creative home for all artists and theatre-loving audiences. Bringing important, innovative stories to audiences and supporting a diversity of artists are fundamental to our values. We know that equity-seeking communities face barriers in the arts, including d/Deaf and disabled people, especially those who are IBPoC, queer and trans, and we are committed to reducing barriers so that everyone can experience and participate in our festivals and presentations. We are engaged in this ongoing process, and we remain open to comments, concerns, and suggestions.
ASL Interpreted and Captioned Programming
We are thrilled to be working with Connor Yuzwenko-Martin, a Deaf artist, consultant, and advocate with a background in public relations, from January to September 2021 on a variety of projects, including:
- A communications audit of marketing materials, online presence, signage, and terminology
- ASL vlogs
- A Deaf engagement survey
- An environmental assessment
- Ongoing consultation and resource development
- Consultation on ASL-interpreted and captioned programming
This season and into the future, we are providing:
- Real-time captioning (CART) and auto-generated captioning for online workshops and artist talks
- Closed captioning for on-demand digital shows
- Select events with ASL interpretation
We are continuing to learn, evolve, and improve how we deliver these services, and we welcome Deaf artists and Deaf interpreters to participate in our festivals and programming.
Many thanks to the Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre, who coordinate our interpreting and CART services!
Free Tickets Program
To reduce barriers for historically marginalized communities that theatre and the arts are often not accessible to, we offer free tickets to any self-identifying Deaf or disabled audience members. These have been available for our ticketed Spring Series online shows, and will be available for upcoming summer programming. Email holly@intrepidtheatre to receive promo codes for free accessible tickets.
Upcoming: Relaxed Performance Development
In fall 2021, we will be engaging in building a framework to host relaxed performances, including receiving training for staff and holding paid feedback sessions with disabled artists.
DABC Accessibility Project Grant
Our ongoing consultation work, ASL interpretation and captioning costs for the 2021 season, free accessible tickets program, and upcoming projects are funded by an Accessibility Project Grant from Disability Alliance BC.
Festival Accessibility Guides
An accessibility guide, including information on ASL interpreted shows and events and captioned shows and events, is available for each of our festivals. These are attached to each festival page.
Intrepid Theatre runs two venues, the Intrepid Theatre Club and the Metro Studio. Visit our Rentals pages for physical accessibility information about the venues, including detailed visual venue guides:
Please feel free to contact Holly Lam, associate producer, with any questions or feedback about accessibility or accommodations. Holly has basic knowledge of ASL.
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