Celia Hughes, Executive Director of VSA Texas, has over 35 years experience working in the arts as teacher, producer, artist and administrator. Since 2000, she has trained over 350 audio describers worldwide, and through VSA Texas, has provided AD services in Austin and across Texas.
In 2001, Celia produced “The Art of Audio Description” the only video training series devoted to audio description. She has described performances across the country, including a 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. She is co-founder of the Audio Description Coalition, (www.audiodescriptioncoalition.org) an international group of individuals dedicated to the professional advancement of audio describers and also participates with the Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind. In 2010, the Audio Description Coalition (ADC) launched its Capacity Building Training at the LEAD conference, (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) organized by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. ADC members, including Ms. Hughes, developed and tested a training curriculum that promotes professional audio description for media, performance and museums. Perhaps her best experience to date is Sight. Sound. Soul., a described, captioned and ASL interpreted live music and painting performance co-produced by VSA Texas and Knowbility, a truly barrier-free event. Ms. Hughes holds a Masters degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Speech Pathology from Plattsburg State College, New York.