Principles of Audio Describing and Launching an Audio Description Career

Principles of Audio Description and Launching into Audio Description as a Career

Tuesday, November 15 - Thursday, November 17, 2022All day

Zoom Video Conference

Arts Council Members: $50, Non-Members: $75

Please note, this workshop takes place only on November 15th and 17th.

Audio description is a necessary practice central to all artforms. Workshop attendees, whether they are artists or administrators at arts organizations, will learn the basics of audio description, including: 

  • Why audio description is a necessity. 

  • Insights into blind and vision-impaired culture. 

  • Audio description guidelines, techniques, and best practices. 

  • How to design audio description that effectively meets the needs of blind and vision-impaired audiences. 

Participants will also better understand blind and low-vision cultures and how to design audio description that effectively meets the needs of these audiences. With a growing need for audio describers nationwide, these workshops will also enable participants to consider audio description as a potential career. 

This workshop is a two-day event, with the first day focused on basic principles, and the second day focused on the aspects of audio description as a career. All registrants will receive a follow-up guide to enhance their skills, and access to a recording of both event days. 

Hosted by

Andrea Okwesa

Andrea Okwesa, a Black woman with salt and pepper hair tied up in a large bun, with silver jewelry and a beautiful smile.

Andrea Okwesa is an experienced, professional Audio Describer (AD). Since initial training in 2004, she has researched, written, and voiced AD scripts in all performing arts genres, and for community-based events, museums, meetings, conferences, and social media. One of her main clients has been John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts since 2006, in addition to the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, Signature Theatre, and more.

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