Raising Stanley / Life with Tulia


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by Kim Kilpatrick, Karen Bailey and Bronwyn Steinberg

Storyteller: Kim Kilpatrick
Painter: Karen Bailey
Director: Bronwyn Steinberg
Guide dog: Tulia

Is a guide dog just a dog that works, or are they more than that? Storyteller 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 theatrical collaboration. Plus, you can never go wrong with a dog on stage.

Open audio description is built into every performance.

Running time is approximately 75 minutes.

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Sunday, Sept 15 – 2:00pm, Monday, Sept 16 – 8:30pm, Tuesday, Sept 17 – 6:30pm


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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 that aims to change the conversation and preconceptions about disability. Her first solo storytelling show, Flying in the Dark was first performed in 2011 and continues to engage audiences.


A painter of people, Karen Bailey gives voice to behind-the-scenes workers and the under-recognized with her emphasis on service and community. Past series featured servers, hairstylists and church tea ladies. As an appointed military artist, she traveled to Afghanistan in 2007 to document Canadian military medical personnel caring for the wounded at the Role 3 Hospital in Kandahar. Her official portrait of the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General of Canada, was unveiled in 2012.


Bronwyn is passionate about creating a space that brings people together to engage in theatre that provokes social examination. She is the founding Artistic Director of TACTICS, Ottawa's curated indie theatre series. Upcoming projects include directing Bang Bang for GCTC in Ottawa and Lost Letters, a new musical premiering at Bloomington Playwrights Project. Recent credits include The Drowning Girls (GCTC), The Revolutionists (Three Sisters Theatre) and Twelfth Night (a Company of Fools).


Tulia is a 10-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 is now getting close to retirement, and she 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 is a 5-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.