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bridget melton

AUDIO DESCRIBER

 

 

Defining Audio Description: 

Audio Description is a service for persons who are blind or low vision which allows them to access the visual experience of live performances and events, exhibits, and/or film, either through live narration or a handheld device.

-Audio Description Solutions

 

based in Chicago,IL.

specializING in audio description

for FILM and live performance.

 
 
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Bridget Melton most recently audio described The Curious Incident… (Steppenwolf Theatre) and Hamilton: An American Musical (Broadway in Chicago), among others.  Active in the cultural accessibility community for many years, she works to create a welcoming environment for all.  Around Chicago she can be found at various theatres promoting inclusion as an audio describer, advisor, or volunteer. She holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX.

 

Training and Continuing Education:

  • The Kennedy Center - LEAD Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Annual Conference:

"Developing Audio Description Skills" Capacity Building Workshop

with Audio Description Solutions

  • Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium workshop:

"Visual Language, Verbal Description and Multisensory Strategies"

with Annie Leist, Special Projects Lead at Art Beyond Sight

  • AccessGA webinar:

"Audio Description: Multimedia Strategies that Benefit Everyone"

presenter Christopher Delano, Audio Description Specialist at AMAC

  • SMU Meadows School of the Arts:

BFA in Theatre Studies

 

Presenting:

  • Presenter - "Implementing Audio Description"

The Fifth Not-So-Annual Chicago Theater (un) Conference 2017

presented by Theater Wit

August 2017

  • Guest Speaker - "Front of House and Box Office Customer Service Best Practices"

UIC School of Theatre and Music

Practicum in Theatre Administration

September 2015, 2017

  • Presenter - "Front of House!”

Chicago Theater (un) Conference 2013

presented by Theater Wit

August 2013

NEWS

2019:

It was my honor to provide live audio description for those attending the inauguration of our new Mayor, Lori Lightfoot! Not only did the event feature audio description, but also open captioning, ASL interpretation, pro-tactile interpretation, assistive listening devices, accessible seating areas on every level, and customer service crew assigned specifically to access needs, with an Access Info table in the main lobby.

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I am thrilled to be included in this fantastic article by the Chicago Tribune, alongside so many amazing movers and shakers in the cultural accessibility community here in Chicago!

(And yes, we all did have a chuckle at the notion that the accompanying video was NOT accessilble, although I have it from the author herself that they are 100% working on that. I'll share the new video when that's ready!)

Steppenwolf Theatre's audio describer, Bridget Melton, stands on the set of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", describing the stage, play highlights and each object on stage, before the start of the play, Saturday Oct. 20, 2018. photo by Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune.

Steppenwolf Theatre's audio describer, Bridget Melton, stands on the set of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", describing the stage, play highlights and each object on stage, before the start of the play, Saturday Oct. 20, 2018. photo by Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune.

Brett Shishkoff, right, and other members of audience walk and feel the set of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", while Bridget Melton, center, describes each object, at Steppenwolf Theatre, before the start of the play, Saturday Oct. 20, 2018. photo by Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune.

Brett Shishkoff, right, and other members of audience walk and feel the set of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", while Bridget Melton, center, describes each object, at Steppenwolf Theatre, before the start of the play, Saturday Oct. 20, 2018. photo by Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune.

2018:

It was an honor to describe the Women’s March Chicago “March to the Polls” rally in October! Equipment was provided by a joint program between Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium. Thank you to all who work to keep these marches and rallies inclusive!

The rally stage outdoors in the sunlight, set up with microphones and musical equipment. At the back of the stage is a jumbo screen showing information on early voting sites, at the front of the stage are sponsor banners and a sign reading “March to the Polls 2018: Women’s March Chicago”. Bridget stands in the foreground, a stenographers mask over her face as she describes for the unseen audience.

The rally stage outdoors in the sunlight, set up with microphones and musical equipment. At the back of the stage is a jumbo screen showing information on early voting sites, at the front of the stage are sponsor banners and a sign reading “March to the Polls 2018: Women’s March Chicago”. Bridget stands in the foreground, a stenographers mask over her face as she describes for the unseen audience.

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upcoming

 

Oslo

TimeLine Theatre Company at BIC’s Broadway Playhouse

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 2:00pm

 

She the People: The Resistance Continues

Second City

  • Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8:00pm

 

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contact me to book audio description for your performance, event or film / book captioning for your film / ask questions about access services for live performance / learn more about audio description / provide feedback on a service or accessibility of this site

bridget melton, audio describer

chicago, il

 
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