Celia Hughes

Celia Hughes has over 36 years experience working in the arts as producer, audio describer, artist and administrator. She has worked alongside people with disabilities for over 30 years. At VSA Texas, she has trained and coordinated audio describers and has provided Audio Description services for over 17 years. In addition, she has led professional training workshops for Perez Art Museum (FL), Tx School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, VSA Vermont, VSA Florida, VSA Minnesota, VSA Pennsylvania, Visual Aid Volunteers (TX), Palace Theatre (TX), Arts Access North Carolina, and most recently, Arts with the Disabled Hong Kong (ADAHK).

In 2001, Celia produced “The Art of Audio Description” a five-part video training series. She has described performances across America, including an Inclusive By Design concert by jazz pianist Henry Butler recorded at the WGBH studios in Boston, MA, and the world premier of the documentary “The Eyes of Me,” at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. Perhaps her best experience to date is Sight. Sound. Soul., a described, captioned and ASL interpreted live music and painting performance, a truly barrier-free event. Currently, Celia and her describer team provide audio description for the Southwest Conference on Disability in Albuquerque, NM, and assist Austin-based Knowbility prepare description for web-based corporate and government videos.

She is a co-founder of the Audio Description Coalition (ADC), an international group of individuals dedicated to the professional advancement of audio description. In 2010, the ADC developed a Capacity Building training curriculum that promotes professional audio description for media, performance and museums.

Class given by Celia during AccessU: