The Kentucky Center Access Services will be offering training in the Fall in preparation for the 2017-18 Season. Accessibility Services provides services for patrons with disabilities that attend events at The Brown Theatre, Kentucky Center Theaters as well as other venues such as Actors Theatre of Louisville and The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival at Central Park. The trainings focus on two specific areas of service, Audio Description and Caption Theater.
Audio Description is a service for individuals who are blind or who have low vision. It provides description of the scenery, costumes and stage movement during a live performance. Audience members who request the service receive the description from a small FM receiver with a single earpiece. The Describer is trained not to speak over the lines of the dialogue or singing, only during verbal pauses. We will be offering training for both Audio Describers and Audio Description Assistants.
The Describers provide the live description during the performance, this role requires two and a half days of intense classroom training.
The Assistant assist the Describer in testing the equipment and they interact with the patron. This role requires one four-hour training session.
Audio Description Describer Training*
Friday, 8/25/17 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, 8/26/17 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, 8/27/17 9:00am – 5:00pm
*Attending all three dates is required.
Audio Description Assistant training will be scheduled later. Please let us know if you are interested in this opportunity and we will notify you when it has been scheduled.
Captioned Theater is an accessibility service for those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing used in a live theater setting. The text of the performance is entered into a computer. The Captioner then previews and the text is edited after to add off stage sounds or to adjust the script from the written script to the actual version that the actors perform. The Captioner then scrolls the scripted dialogue synchronized with the actors on stage as they speak the lines. We will be offering training for both Captioners and Caption Assistants. The role of Captioner requires two and a half days of intense classroom training.
Assistants also preview the show with the Captioner and help determine changes between the script and the live performance. The Assistant also attends the Captioned performance and checks in with the patrons using the service. This role requires a three-hour classroom training.
Caption Theater Captioner Training*
Friday, 8/18/17 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, 8/19/17 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, 8/20/17 9:00am – 5:00pm
*Attending all three dates is required
Caption Theater Assistant training will be scheduled later. Please let us know if you are interested in this opportunity and we will notify you when it has been scheduled.
If you think you might be interested in registering for training for either of these programs, please contact Stacy Ridgway, Manager of Accessibility Services in one of the following ways – by email at email@example.com or by TEXT at 502-780-1249.
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