The Listening Stage

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Blind Imaginings: A Celebration of New Writing!

Tuesday April 20, 2021 7:15 – 8:45pm (EST)

With guest host Amy Amantea, featuring new writing by Anthony Coulter, Cat Peever and Karoline Bourdeau, plus an audio-described screening of a new short film written and performed by Alex Bulmer.


Common Boots Theatre and BALANCE for Blind Adults invite you to a celebration of creative writing by members of our blind community.

This gathering is a chance to come together, celebrate creativity, and enjoy good conversation. Bring your headphones for the best listening experience. 

The event will open at 7:15 for a relaxed meet and greet, followed by readings, a screening, and a talk around with the artists.

Free admission (donations always welcome), however pre-registration is required.

The event will take place via Zoom. An email address is required in order to register, however, participation may be online or by phone. If you require assistance in the registration process, please contact BALANCE at (416) 236 1796. 

The Listening Stage is a digital initiative of performances, workshops and readings developed in partnership with BALANCE for Blind Adults.

This event is free to all, but donations to either Common Boots Theatre and/or BALANCE for Blind Adults are welcome.


Karoline Bourdeau
Karoline has been writing since she learned how at age 12. The writing included poetry, short stories, newspaper articles, and academic research.  Karoline has a B.A. in Political   Science, B.A.(Hons) in Gender Studies and a J.D. all from Queen’s  University. She has a little black lab guide dog and is married. Her interests include traveling, creative cooking, wine tasting, reading, learning new languages, and music. Most recently, Karoline has been introduced to sailing.

Anthony Coulter
Anthony was born in Toronto the Good, as it was called, a year before Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne. He attended school and university in Toronto as well and has lived, worked, married and retired here with 6 wonderful grandchildren. Anthony lost his sight about 3 years ago quite suddenly and has been learning how to read and write again. He is part of a local chapter of the CCB and is learning to adjust and become a help to other new low or no vision friends.    

Cat Peever
Though born in a remote northern Ontario community; Cat has spent most of her life in Toronto.  One of her favorite things as a child was to be told stories.  That love persists to this day.  Cat has had many adventures.  She thinks maybe now is the time for her to start telling her stories.  These days the body is more reluctant to adventure, but her voice seems to be working fine.


Amy Amantea – Reader and Host
Amy Amantea is an actor, public speaker and accessibility consultant. She lost her sight about 15 years ago after which she immersed herself into volunteering within the blind and partially sighted community. Discovering a deep desire for increased access and to educate the public about systemic issues within the disability community, Amy soon found herself a “go-to” person for all things accessibility.  Amy continues this important work through her roles as the Community Outreach Coordinator for VocalEye and the Accessibility Coordinator for the Arts Club Theatre Company. Amy is also a radio and TV personality for AMI and a writer/actor and board President of Realwheels Theatre.

Kelly MacDonald – Reader
Kelly MacDonald has worked with AMI for nearly two decades, first starting as a studio producer. Kelly has appeared in several shows on both AMI-tv and AMI-audio including Blind Sighted, a show following his bucket list inspired adventures. Kelly is now the host of AMI-audio’s live afternoon program, Kelly and Company. In his spare time, Kelly co company directs Out Of Sight Productions; a London, Ontario based theatre company he founded fifteen years ago. He’s also an avid sports fan and eagerly follows the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors.

Joelle Peters – Reader
Joelle Peters (she/her) is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe & Miami actor/playwright from Walpole Island First Nation in Southwestern Ontario. A graduate of Seneca College’s Acting for Camera and Voice program, some recent theatre credits include: Queenie’s Castle (Women at Plays Festival), The Election (Common Boots/Nightwood/Theatre Direct/Theatre Passe Muraille), Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin (Signal/Soundstreams). In 2020, Joelle was selected as laureate Tara Beagan’s protégée for the Siminovitch Prize. Joelle’s plays include Frozen River (co-written by Carrie Costello and Michaela Washburn, world premiere set for early 2022) and Niish (in development with Native Earth’s Animikiig Creator’s Unit and commissioned by the Blyth Festival). 

Rosalie Tremblay – Reader
Rosalie Tremblay is an actor in Toronto. Originally from Vancouver Island BC, Rosalie is a graduate from the National Theatre School, and now lives in Little Italy with her roommates and her roommate’s cat. Most recently Rosalie has been cast in Driftwood Theatre’s production of King Henry V, and is currently developing a show that explores the complicated questions of sexual liberation in the Me Too era – suffocated by Instagram – through the forms of Bouffon and Physical Theatre. Rosalie is thankful for this opportunity to participate in Blind Imaginings with Common Boots and Balance for Blind Adults!