Celia Hughes, Executive Director of VSA Texas, has over 30 years experience working in the arts as teacher, producer, artist and administrator. She has also worked alongside people with disabilities for over 25 years. At VSA Texas, she has trained and coordinated audio describers and has provided AD services in Austin and across Texas for 13 years.
In 2001, Celia produced “The Art of Audio Description” the only video training series currently available. 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, an international group of individuals dedicated to the professional advancement of audio description in the areas of recreation, employment and culture, 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 Project 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 an audio description 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.