5-day Intensive Training in Development & Delivery of 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.
5-day Intensive Training in Development & Delivery of Live Theatre Audio Description:
This 5-day intensive training will support participants in writing vivid, accurate, and effective audio descriptions. In addition to the content included in the 1-day masterclass, it will cover how to prepare scripts for testing, delivery and recording, as well as pre-show material such as pre-show notes and touch tours, providing participants with the essential skills needed to produce an effective audio description service for theatre based on best practices. At the end of the training, participants will test their skills on a live description of an STC show with feedback from a VI consultant. Due to the intensity, this training is limited to 10 participants.
No prior training in audio description required.
Who is the training for:
For the Intensive Training, we are looking for applications from people who have a good understanding of vocal technique and possess clear experience in presenting, performing and/ or public speaking. We are keen to hear from applicants who speak fluent Mandarin, Tamil or Bahasa Melayu alongside English.
Applicants will need to complete this online application form and upload an audio sample 1 minute in length. The audio sample can be any literature of your choice. Please ensure that the voice is clear and background noise is reduced.
Participants must be available for ALL dates in order to be selected for the programme.
Application deadline: 18 February 2024
Fees: $50 per participant
Dates: 4 – 8 March 2024
Time and Venue:
Day 1 – 4: The Loft at Havelock 2 (#04-03, 2 Havelock Rd, Singapore 059763)
Day 5: KC Arts Centre – Home of STC (20 Merbau Road, Singapore 239035)
Mon, 4 Mar
10am – 5pm
Tue, 5 Mar
10am – 5pm
Wed, 6 Mar
10am – 5pm
Thu, 7 Mar
10am – 5pm*
Fri, 8 Mar
8am – 3pm
*Time should be held in the evening for homework.
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.