We want all theatre patrons to feel welcome and included. We have a variety of accessible performances geared towards folks in the Deaf and Disability community, including VocalEye, Low Vision Friendly, Relaxed, and ASL interpreted performances.
Any feedback about your experience with accessibility is valued as we continue to work with community members to increase access and inclusion. For us, this journey never ends; we want to make meaningful change moving forwards.
To learn more about Accessibility at the Arts Club, click here.
If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Amy Amantea, Accessibility Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arts Club offers VocalEye Live Description for people who are blind or partially sighted at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage this season.
Each performance listed below will be described live for patrons who are blind and partially sighted. The description will not be audible to the general audience. Ten minutes before the show begins, VocalEye patrons will hear a brief description of the set, characters, props, and costumes. When the show begins, the VocalEye describer will convey important visual information and physical action, live, between the actors' lines.
Please contact the Arts Club Box Office to reserve tickets and description equipment. The equipment consists of a handheld receiver and a single plastic earpiece that fits over either ear. The receivers are also compatible with most personal earbuds and headphones. Equipment is available, at no charge, for pickup at the VocalEye table in the lobby up to one hour before showtime. VocalEye’s Theatre Buddies will be available to escort you to your seats and assist you with setting up your receiver and ear piece.
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Buy Now - July 7, 8 PM
Buy Now - October 6, 8 PM
Buy Now - December 8, 8 PM
Buy Now - April 19, 8 PM
Buy Now - June 14, 8 PM
Granville Island Stage
Buy Now - July 21, 8 PM
Buy Now - March 22, 8 PM
Buy Now - May 10, 8 PM
Buy Now - Jul 19, 8 PM
Low Vision Friendly means that while there is no traditional description available, the show is 90% accessible based on the dialogue. An audio-recorded pre-show introduction (which may include spoilers) can be listened to on the website and via QR code at the venue. The benefit of a LVF show is that the introduction is available for every performance of the production's run (after the first week).
Relaxed performances are designed for anyone who might benefit from a more casual audience environment, including patrons with sensory and/or processing disabilities, those who identify as Neurodivergent, people with disabilities, parents with small children, and more! There is a laid-back approach to noise and movement within the theatre space, which may be a good introductory experience for new theatregoers.
What to expect
- There is assigned seating, but the house is not full, so audience members are welcome to move around, and to go in and out of the theatre when they need a break
- House doors remain open, and house lights remain on at a dimmed level
- Music and sound levels as well as lights and projections may be more subdued
- Designated standing areas are available inside the theatre
- Communication boards and use of other technology, such as cell phones and tablets (with audio off), are welcome (however, photos are not allowed)
- A Relaxation Station in the lobby with stimming toys and calming activities
- You are welcome to bring your own stimming toy or activity to do while in the theatre
- Patrons are asked to avoid using fragrances and other scented products
- Extra staff and volunteers available to support access needs
Learn about our Deaf-Led Theatre Workshop here!
ASL (American Sign Language) will be offered at select Arts Club performances in consultation with some members of the Deaf Community. We are currently utilizing RSLI at this time.
ASL is a language that is used by many of our patrons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. ASL Interpreters (hearing interpreters) interpret the audible English language into ASL for our Deaf patrons. The ASL interpreter will be on the stage during the performance and, in some cases, integrated with the actors. Audience members with sight will see the ASL interpreters. Our goal is to employ Deaf Interpreters (DI) in future programming offers.
Seats that provide maximized sight lines of the ASL interpreters and the performers on the stage will be set aside for ASL users to book; however, patrons are welcome to book in any seat in the venue. The ASL seats on hold can be purchased at a discounted rate to reduce financial barriers; there may be alternative seats available at a discounted rate for ASL users. Please contact the Arts Club Box Office.
We work closely with paid consultants from the Deaf community who analyze scripts and make choices about shows that may better lend themselves to ASL interpretation.
If you are interested in joining this team of consultants (subject to availability) or would like more information, please contact Amy Amantea, Accessibility Coordinator, at email@example.com.