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1-day Masterclass in Live Theatre Audio Description

Audio Description in the Theatre 

Singapore Theatre Company (formerly Singapore Repertory Theatre) is committed to advancing access in the arts in Singapore. Following the first-ever specialist-led Audio Description training conducted in Singapore in 2018, 31 STC productions have been described by a community of professionally trained describers. 

With the support of GIC, STC will work with the Access Arts Hub to grow this community, training Audio Describers based in Singapore who can support the growth of this service throughout Singapore in 2024 and beyond.  

What is Audio Description?

Audio Description provides access to the visual elements of media – action, costumes, set and settings, scene changes, gestures, facial expressions, sight gags, etc. – that are essential to the understanding of the work. This occurs in media such as television/ film, museum exhibitions, theatre and a variety of live events. While primarily designed for people who are blind or vision-impaired (VI), Audio Description can also be assistive for people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and people who have a print disability such as dyslexia, colour blindness and other learning difficulties.   

1-day Masterclass in Live Theatre Audio Description 

Over the course of a day, participants will go through a crash course in the different elements of the audio description service and best practices based on professional standards in Australia informed by the Singapore context. The session will cover context on access services and disability arts in Singapore as well as hands-on exercises in audio description and feedback from a VI consultant.  

No prior training in audio description required. 

Who is the training for:  

For the Masterclass, we welcome anyone who is interested or has explored Audio Description, who are keen on applying the skill to your craft and spurring growth in access in the arts in Singapore.


Applicants will need to complete this online application form.

Application deadline: 18 February 2024  

Fees: $15 per participant 

Date/Time: 24 March 2024, 10am – 5pm 

Venue: The Loft at Havelock 2 (#04-03, 2 Havelock Rd, Singapore 059763)

The Trainers:  

The training will be led by Singapore-based Audio Describer Seren Chen, who has taken on over 42 different Audio Description projects over the last 5 years in live arts, theatre, film, visual arts and museums. She will be assisted by VI consultants who have been instrumental in upholding the quality of audio descriptions at STC. Their mentors are professional Audio Describers from Adelaide, Australia. 

For more information, kindly email or call 6221 5585.