International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 10 Number 20

July 29, 2009

The Development of a New Theatrical Tradition: Sighted Students Audio Describe School Play for a Blind a Low-Vision Audience

J. P. Udo
Deborah Fels
Ryerson University, Canada

Citation: Udo, J. P., & Fels, D. (2009). The development of a new theatrical tradition: Sighted students audio describe school play for a blind and low-vision audience. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 10(20). Retrieved [date] from
In this paper, we discuss our experience of facilitating the development, creation and execution of audio description for an elementary school production of Fiddler on the Roof by three grade eight students. The students were supervised by the production's director, their drama teacher, and assisted by the authors. An actor with experience describing a live theatre event provided some feedback for the students. Qualitative insight is gained through a thematic analysis of the describer's student learning journal and an interview with their drama teacher. The strengths and weaknesses of the project as perceived by the students and their drama teacher are discussed. Participant suggestions and solutions are also highlighted.

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