Sep/Oct 17 - 1
Saturday, September 17, 2022 - Saturday, October 1, 2022 Hybrid

Basics and Techniques in Live Audio Description

Have you ever wondered how individuals who are blind or partially sighted get a complete experience at live theater, museums, or sporting events? Would you like to help make those places more accessible, more fulfilling, and more fun? Join our volunteer audio description team, and you can help us translate vision into audio.

Saturday, September 17, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Zoom
This day will include an introduction to MindsEye, audio description, general accessibility, and more.

Sunday, September 25, 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM in Lebanon, IL
This day will begin with an optional lunch from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at a restaurant in downtown Lebanon, IL. Then we will watch the audio described performance of “Guys and Dolls” at Looking Glass Playhouse at 2:00 PM. After the performance, we will have Q&A and discussion.

Saturday, October 1, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Zoom
This day will include audio description techniques for different venues: live theater, opera, sporting events, gallery tours, and more.

Training Fee
$225 – includes a ticket to the Looking Glass Playhouse performance on 9/25, AD team shirt, and a copy of Emily Ladau’s book Demystifying Disability.

Open to new volunteers and current MindsEye volunteers from other programs. Learn who utilizes audio description and why. This is a basic, beginner’s course; no experience is required.

We’ll talk about describing live theater and dance, museums and galleries, opera, sporting events, and more. We’ll also touch on describing recorded programming, and how to provide description for meetings, webinars, and more!

This training is specifically intended for audio describers in the St. Louis Metro Area who will describe at live events for MindsEye across the St. Louis area. This is not voiceover training and requires that you attend all three sessions to be eligible for paid MindsEye describer assignments.

We are looking for ALL types of people. We are particularly hoping to diversify our AD team to represent more cultural and ideological backgrounds including but not limited to these groups:

Black, Hispanic and/or Latinx, Native American, Asian American, Jewish, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and more! We are also seeking fluent speakers of Spanish and Bosnian.

Register by September 12 to ensure your space in this training. Capacity is limited.

Registration is closed. Please contact Arts and Culture Director Magan Harms for more information at