Our friends at Inside Out Theatre, a Deaf and disability theatre company in Calgary, have put out a call for Audio Describer Training participants. Inside Out is invested in artistic excellence, community development, and deepening accessibility. The company offers community-based drama programs to people with disabilities as well as produces and presents plays created by artists with disabilities and their allies. Inside Out Theatre works to improve theatre’s accessibility for audience members and to ensure their equity and dignity in attending performing arts in Calgary through initiatives such as the Good Host Program.
Its Mission is to produce and present plays that showcase the vibrancy of Deaf, Disability, and Mad culture; to host community-based drama programs that nurture a sense of belonging and provide an antidote to social isolation; and to deepen cultural accessibility for audience members and to ensure their agency and dignity.
This unique theatre company offers community-based drama programs to Calgarians
with disabilities to foster a love of theatre, the joy of community, and self-expression; produce and present plays created by artists with disabilities and their allies that insist on and celebrate their place in the public sphere and work to improve theatre’s accessibility for audience members and to ensure their equity and dignity in attending performing arts in Calgary. Click here for a look at their programming and below are all the details on their recent call for participants.
Call for Participants: Audio Describer Training - Paid Opportunity
Are you a Calgary-based artist looking to learn more about accessibility? Would you like to help serve and be an ally to the blind/low vision community? Do you enjoy going to shows and watching theatre? Then becoming a live-theatre Audio Describer for blind
and low vision patrons might just be the gig for you!
Inside Out Theatre is thrilled to host Audio Describer training and we would love for you
to take part and to join our roster of Good Hosts!
This training will be led by Ashley King, Col Cseke, and Mark Hopkins, and will include
an orientation to blind culture, a Q&A session with past described performance
audiences, an introduction to The Good Host Program, Describing training, and a chance to experience a described performance in action!
• November 2nd: Evening pre-session Zoom meeting
• November 7th: Full day, in-person as Inside Out Theatre
• November 8th: Full day, in-person as Inside Out Theatre
• November 9th: Evening Described performance of Importance of Being Earnest at
• Theatre Calgary, including gear set up with Col and Ashley in the lobby, greeting and guiding guests, and listening to the Audio Description by Mark.
We’re able to offer a $300 honorarium for your time spent in training.
To apply e-mail Ashley King, email@example.com, Please introduce yourself, share any relevant experience you may have, and let us know why you’re interested in becoming an audio describer.
Please note that there is limited capacity for this training, and that in our efforts to reflect the ever-growing diversity on our stages we will be giving priority to BIPOC artists.