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Tulia, Karen Bailey & Kim Kilpatrick  | Photo credit: Justin Van Leeuwen

a Raising Stanley / Life With Tulia Collective production
Performed by Kim Kilpatrick and Tulia
Directed by Bronwyn Steinberg
Original art by Karen Bailey

Ottawa, Ontario
75 minutes | G


Is a guide dog just a dog that works, or are they more than that? Kim Kilpatrick tells stories of the four guide dogs she has handled, accompanied by Karen Bailey’s paintings of the puppy she raised for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind – guiding you on the journey from energetic puppy to working dog for the blind.

Whether your experience is through sound, sight, or the combination of both, you are fully included in the stories, the paintings, and the stories behind the paintings in this collaboration of storytelling, painting, video, and theatre.

Plus, you can never go wrong with a dog on stage.

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THURSDAY, February 7 at 7:00pm – with ASL interpretation
SATURDAY, February 9 at 9:00pm
THURSDAY, February 14 at 7:00pm
SATURDAY, February 16 at 3:00pm* – with ASL interpretation
Arts Court Theatre

*A talkback will follow this performance.

Service fees + HST are included in all prices.


“A joy to watch.” – apt613


Kim Kilpatrick – Storyteller
Kim is a storyteller, former Paralympian and disability rights activist who has handled four guide dogs. Born blind, she brings a fresh and unique approach to the art of storytelling. Kim has over fifteen years of experience as a storyteller and hosts Welcome to My World, a weekly radio show on CKCU, which aims to change the conversation and preconceptions about disability.

Karen Bailey – Painter
Karen is a painter of people; through her art she seeks to represent beauty, honesty and most importantly, humanity. Her official portrait of the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General of Canada, was unveiled in 2012. Many of her works feature behind-the-scenes workers and under-recognized people. Past series have highlighted the working life of servers, hairstylists and Canadian military medical personnel in Kandahar.

Bronwyn Steinberg – Director
Bronwyn is passionate about creating a space that brings people together to engage in theatrical events that provoke social examination. She is the founding Artistic Director of TACTICS, Ottawa’s curated indie theatre series. Recent projects include directing The Drowning Girls (GCTC), Twelfth Night (a Company of Fools) and Miss Shakespeare (Three Sisters Theatre).

Trudy Wohlleben – Visual Effects and Projection Designer
Trudy trained in Visual Effects for Film at the MetFilm School in London (UK), and now works as a freelance Visual Effects artist. Recent work includes creating 3D animated content for holographic projections and restoring the missing soundtrack of a 1960’s film on Arctic research with a sound scape built of layered environmental sounds.

Seth Gerry – Lighting Designer
Seth is an independent Ottawa-based theatre designer and works as the Production Manager for GCTC. Recent design credits include lighting for The Drowning Girls (GCTC), lighting and set for Ordinary Days (GCTC), and lighting for Forstner and Fillister in undercurrents (2018). He works consistently on bold and challenging independent projects.

Angela Schleihauf – Composer and Sound Designer
Angela is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and sound creator. She performs in a wide range of genres and cross-discipline collaborations, offering artistic experiences that facilitate moments of reflection in a world where it is often difficult to dream. She is the recent recipient of the Shannon Reynold’s Memorial Endowment Fund Internship at GCTC to be mentored in sound design during the 2018-2019 season.

Tulia – Guide dog
Tulia is a 9-year-old black Labrador retriever guide dog who has guided Kim to work, storytelling performances, meetings, theatres, concerts, on buses, trains, planes, and boats. Tulia loves working, lying in the sun, getting attention from her many fans when off duty, and she has a charm and charisma which is irresistible and a joy to be around.

Stanley – Model & Muse
Stanley is a 4-year-old platinum blond Labrador retriever. A calm diplomat, Stanley enjoyed all aspects of his upbringing with Karen and Iain, especially visits to the gallery and playing with his friends at puppy class. After working in Sudbury, Ontario for six months, he made a career change and now enjoys life with his paws up.