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Applications for captioning training now open

Posted: 25 April, 2017

Are you interested in making theatre and live performance accessible to audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing? Arts & Disability Ireland is offering a free training opportunity for two potential captioners.

Captioning displays the script, lyrics, sound effects and audible information from a live performance on a screen, through text. It is similar to subtitling for film and television. This service is essential to provide access to audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing for theatre and live performance.

Arts & Disability Ireland has been captioning performances since 2007. We work with venues, tours and production companies nationwide to provide access to audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing.

We’re looking for applications from people who love the arts, are passionate about theatre and live performance, are precise with grammar and enjoy working with technology. For more information about what we’re looking for in a captioner please read the full role description here.

Training will be delivered by Stagetext who provide captioning and training for venues and captioners across the UK. Captioners who successfully complete their training will be offered paid freelance work to provide captioning for Arts & Disability Ireland’s programme.

Click here to download the full Theatre Captioner Role Description.

To make an application please send your up to date CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like to become a captioner to amie@adiarts.ie.

The deadline for all applications is the 18th May at 5pm.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete a test designed by Stagetext. Applicants who are successful at the testing phase will be invited for interview on the 1st of June.

All applicants must be available for the captioning training dates: 26th, 27th and 28th of June 2017. Training will take place at the Sean O’Casey Centre in East Wall, Dublin 3.


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Live captioning in the Pavilion Theatre, 21st May, 2016.

The role of a theatre captioner is to make the spoken, sung and audible aspects of a performance accessible to audiences who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Captioning unit in situ in the National Opera House for a performance of The Plough and the Stars

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