Audio Description

Audio Description (AD) translates visual information into audio for people who are blind or have low vision. Using words that are succinct, vivid and imaginative, AD helps people enjoy equal access to live performances (theater, dance, opera, and education as well as sporting, social or corporate events), media (film, video, and television), exhibits (art galleries and museums, history and science museums, and visitor centers), and more.

In live performances and media, a trained describer inserts descriptions of critical visual elements into the natural pauses in dialogue and other sound elements. Descriptions are typically delivered through a wireless earphone allowing people to sit anywhere in the audience.

In museums or visual art exhibitions, AD tours meld the description of significant visual elements with an abbreviated version of any posted text. Descriptions may be delivered as part of a live or recorded tour through specialized playback systems. Recorded tours also include information about the operation of the device and basic navigation through the space.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES – Chicago, IL

LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE
Hard Times – December 7 Tickets Available Here
Plantation! – March 22, 2018
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – June 28, 2018

REMY BUMPPO THEATRE COMPANY
Puff: Believe It or Not – December 9 Tickets Available Here

BROADWAY IN CHICAGO
Hamilton – December 13

DRURY LANE THEATRE
A Christmas Carol – December 14

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
Turandot – January 21, 2018 Tickets Available Here
I Puritani – February 4, 2018 Tickets Available Here
Così fan tutte – March 4, 2018 Tickets Available Here
Faust – March 18, 2018 Tickets Available Here

COURT THEATRE
All My Sons – February 3, 2018 Tickets Available Here
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – April 7, 2018 Tickets Available Here
Originalist – June 2, 2018 Tickets Available Here

AMERICAN THEATRE COMPANY
We’re Gonna Be Okay – February 10, 2018 Tickets Available Here
Diagram of a Paper Airplane – May 19, 2018 Tickets Available Here

GOODMAN THEATRE
Blind Date – February 17, 2018

SIDESHOW THEATRE
You For Me For You – March 16, 2018

THE THEATRE SCHOOL AT DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
The Cat in the Hat – May 10, 2018

TRAINING AND QUALIFICATION

KENNEDY CENTER – LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE IN ARTS AND DISABILITY (LEAD) CONFERENCE
Developing Audio Description Skills Workshop – National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
Facing the Challenge Workshop – Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND CONFERENCE
Audio Description Institute – Columbus, OH
Audio Description Project Conference – Las Vegas, NV

PAST PERFORMANCES

GOODMAN THEATRE
Ah, Wilderness! – Objects in the Mirror – Uncle Vanya – Gloria – Wonderful Town

STEPPENWOLF THEATRE
The Compass (Steppenwolf for Young Adults) – Domesticated – The Herd – This is Modern Art (SYA) –
Russian Transport – Animal Farm (SYA) – The Wheel – The Birthday Party
@ THE STEPPENWOLF GARAGE
Richard III (The Gift Theatre) – Charm (Northlight Theatre) – Black Top Sky (Theatre Seven of Chicago)

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
Die Walküre – Rigoletto – Orphée et Eurydice – My Fair Lady – Eugene Onegin – Carmen – Norma –
Die Zauberflöte – Les Troyens – Don Quichotte – Lucia di Lammermoor – Das Rheingold – The King and I –
Nabucco – Romeo and Juliet – Der Rosenkavalier – Bel Canto (World Premiere) – The Merry Widow –
Wozzeck – Cinderella – Le nozze di Figaro – Carousel

VICTORY GARDENS THEATER
Fun Home – Native Gardens – Hand To God – The House That Will Not Stand – Kris Lenzo Ripped (Crip Slam) –
Never The Sinner – An Issue of Blood – The Gospel of Lovingkindness – The Testament of Mary – Rest

LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE
Moby Dick 2017 – Beyond Caring – Mr. & Mrs. Pennyworth – Life Sucks – Thaddeus and Slocum –
Treasure Island – Moby Dick – Title and Deed – Lookingglass Alice – Death Tax

COURT THEATRE
The Belle of Amherst – Five Guys Named Moe – Harvey – The Hard Problem

STEEP THEATRE
Earthquakes in London – Wastwater – The Few – The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle – The Vandal

BROADWAY IN CHICAGO
Aladdin – Something Rotten – The King & I

AMERICAN THEATRE COMPANY
T. – Picnic

CHICAGO CHILDREN’S THEATRE
The Magic City (World Premiere) – Seedfolks – Jabari Dreams of Freedom – Wonderland

THE NEO-FUTURISTS
Writing & Performing the Two-Minute Play – These 30 Plays – Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind –
Access Project Student Showcase

REMY BUMPPO THEATRE COMPANY
The Skin of Our Teeth – Born Yesterday – Pygmalion – Pirandello’s Henry IV – The Life of Galileo

SIDESHOW THEATRE
truth and reconciliation – Give It All Back – The Happiest Place on Earth – Mai Dang Lao – No More Sad Things

LIFELINE THEATRE
Giggle, Giggle, Quack

THE PUBLIC THEATRE – New York, NY
Tiny Beautiful Things – Troilus and Cressida

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – New York, NY
Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring The Rockettes presented by Chase
New York Spectacular starring The Rockettes presented by Chase

DRURY LANE THEATRE
Chicago – Saturday Night Fever – Crazy for You – Smokey Joe’s Cafe – Deathtrap –
Hazel (World Premiere Musical) – Bye Bye Birdie – White Christmas – Peter and the Star Catcher

THE NEW COLONY
Stanley in the Name of Love – Plastic Revolution – Orville and Wilbur Did It!

IDLE MUSE THEATRE
The Woman Who Amuses Herself

TWO PENCE THEATRE
A Midsummer Nights Dream

HALCYON THEATRE
Dreams of the Penny Gods

STEP UP PRODUCTIONS
Crimes of the Heart

THE THEATRE SCHOOL AT DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
Into the Woods – Mrs. Phu’s Cleansing Juices – Lady from the Sea

THEATER WIT
Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England

AMERICAN BLUES THEATER
Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Musical)

JOHN G. SHEDD AQUARIUM
One World (Aquatic Show)

BROOKFIELD ZOO
On Sunday, July 19, 2015, The Chicago Zoological Society at Brookfield Zoo celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the ADA with many special events, including the following audio-described shows:
* Festival of Flight
* Dolphins in Action

AUDIO DESCRIBED MUSEUM TOURS

Coming in 2017:
Grand Canyon National Park – Grand Canyon, AZ
Apostle Islands, Michigan Island Lighthouse – Bayfield, WI

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum – Hyde Park, NY
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site – Little Rock, AR
Carlsbad Caverns National Park – Carlsbad, NM
The Benjamin Franklin Museum – Philadelphia, PA
Fort Davis National Historic Site – Fort Davis, TX
Cowpens National Battlefield – Gaffney, SC
Cape Lookout National Seashore – Harkers Island, NC
Booker T. Washington National Monument – Rocky Mount, VA
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve – Strong City, KS
Cape Hatteras National Seashore – Nags Head, NC
Dry Tortugas National Park – Key West, FL
Saguaro National Park – Tucson, AZ
Fort Smith National Historic Site – Fort Smith, AR
Museum of Florida History – Tallahassee, FL

RELATED EXPERIENCE

THE CHICAGO LIGHTHOUSE
Volunteer Reader – Chicagoland Radio Information Service (CRIS)
CRIS provides daily readings of newspapers and periodicals including news stories, sales circulars, and classified listings for listeners with a wide range of disabilities.

LATEST MEDIA
ADA 25 Chicago: Moving Inclusion Forward

ADA 25th Anniversary Recap

ADA 25 Chicago Launch Video

MEDIA DEMOS

Old joke, now a beer commercial

Trident gum ad

Portuguese eye bank ad

High-school zoology educational video