Audio Description Training Retreats, created by Jan Vulgaropulos and Colleen Connor, provides affordable, unique, and high quality training experiences in the art of audio description. We offer 4-night all-inclusive small group retreats at 3 different levels. Each retreat includes 20 hours of formal teaching, training and practice. Students and teachers share housing in a remote and relaxing environment, with one house serving as the gathering place for home-cooked meals and classes. Immersive learning experiences continue beyond the formal training. Participants have plenty of free time to get to know one another, to network and to enhance their disability awareness.
Colleen Connor provides the “voice of the consumer” and critiques our descriptions. Colleen is a motivational speaker, an audio description editor, and the podcast host of blindinspirationcast.com, where she illuminates issues impacting people who are blind, or have low vision. Jan Vulgaropulos, our lead trainer, is a professional audio describer who has been describing live theatre in the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill and Greensboro, North Carolina area for the past 11 years. She also edits and writes audio descriptive scripts for films. Together they are committed to raising awareness of audio description, as well as to increasing access to this valuable service.