Audio Describers

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ALICE KLUGHERZ

JORDAN B LORD

MICHELLE MANTIONE

SETA MORTON

ALYSON AYN OSBORN

ALEJANDRA OSPINA

ELLICE PATTERSON

ABIGAIL RENO (VOICEOVER ARTIST)

M. RODRIGUEZ

GEELIA RONKINA

OGEMDI UDE

LILLIAN E. WILLIS

CONSTANTINA ZAVITSANOS


ALICE KLUGHERZ

Image Description: Alice, a 67 year old white, cis-gendered dyslexic woman with long gray hair and brown eyes.
Image Description: Alice, a 67 year old white, cis-gendered dyslexic woman with long gray hair and brown eyes.

Alice has been part of the NYC Downtown dance and performance scene since the 80’s. Her docu-whimsey (talk/move) work has been part of PS 122’s Avant-Garde-Arama, Dance Theatre Workshop’s FRESH TRACKS, Cornelia St Cafe, Wet and Performance Mix. Her work is from an aging feminist perspective. She writes about dating, clutter and plastic. She does both solo and group work. 


SETA MORTON

*Image description: Seta wears a deep-v black shirt and a necklace and stands in front of large windows. She looks just beyond the camera.
Image description: Seta wears a deep-v flowing black shirt and a necklace and stands outside a dark building with large windows. Seta looks just beyond the camera.

Seta Morton is a New York based curator, writer, arts administrator, and dance artist. She is currently the Associate Curator, Public Engagement at Danspace Project.


ELLICE PATTERSON

Image description: Ellice stands with her shoulders facing the side, head facing forward, looking at the camera. Her left arm has a tattoo of a dancer in front of musical notes. Ellice wears a dark tank top and is posed in front of green foliage.

Ellice Patterson is the founder/ executive and artistic director of Abilities Dance, a Boston-based dance company that welcomes artists across the nation with and without disabilities. She is also the executive director of BalletRox, providing dance education to Boston youth facing the most systemic inequities at our after-school location and across many public schools, private schools, and more in Boston. Outside of self-produced Abilities Dance’s shows, her choreography has appeared in the MFA, Links Hall in Chicago, Gibney Dance in NYC, The Series: Vol IV at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre in NYC, and more. She has given lectures and workshops at schools, universities, and organizations across the country, including keynote speaker at Berklee’s 2020 ABLE Conference, keynote speaker at Trauma Center’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga Conference, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Fidelity Investments, Boston University, and more. She has informally and formally worked with organizations to improve their intersectional access approaches such as Record Co., Community Music Center of Boston, and more. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College and her Masters of Science in Management Studies from Boston University Questrom School of Business.


ABIGAIL RENO (VOICEOVER ARTIST)

Headshot of Abigail, leaning on a deep red wall, her dark hair is down and she looks to the camera.
Image Description: Headshot of Abigail, leaning on a deep red wall, her dark hair is down and she looks to the camera.

Abigail Reno is a Northern California native who has been performing since beginning ballet classes at age 6.  She received her AA in music from Cabrillo College where she studied opera & choral conducting in addition to theater. She has stared in numerous musical theater productions, short films and web series, most notably playing the lead in the web series Cleaner Daze, which won numerous awards in the film festival circuit.  She now lives in Oregon and is a professional voice over artist and audiobook narrator.


M. RODRIGUEZ

M, a large-bodied, white, Latinx person, stands in a relaxed posture smiling directly at the camera. They are wearing a wrinkled black t-shirt and two-toned blue and clear glasses. They are standing in the middle of a tree-lined road on a cloudy day with cars parked on either side of them. M is sharply in focus while the objects behind them are blurry. In this stolen shot, a car is approaching from directly behind them. Photo credit: Travis Jones
M, a large-bodied, white, Latinx person, stands in a relaxed posture smiling directly at the camera. They are wearing a wrinkled black t-shirt and two-toned blue and clear glasses. They are standing in the middle of a tree-lined road on a cloudy day with cars parked on either side of them. M is sharply in focus while the objects behind them are blurry. In this stolen shot, a car is approaching from directly behind them. Photo credit: Travis Jones

M. Rodriguez is a sound artist living on Canarsie and Munsee Lenape land colonially known as Queens, NY. They are white, Latinx, non-disabled and trans. Their creative pursuits range from singing to recording audio to manipulating sounds in digital soundscapes. 

As a sound recordist, M has worked with brands such as Teen Vogue and National Geographic and recorded films such as the Sundance 2020 official selection Danny’s Girl. They thoughtfully edit, design, and mix post-production sound for films and episodic works, including the web-series Dependence and the short film Song and Grace.

M first began exploring audio description in 2019 while rehearsing for In place of catastrophe, a clear night sky, an immersive multi-sensory dance piece directed by iele paloumpis in co-creation with the cast. This work seeks to invite blind, visually-impaired, and low vision audience members into the poetics of movement, de-centering sight as a primary mode of experiencing dance and prompting nuanced forms of perception.

While in process for In place of catastrophe, M began developing a voice and perspective in audio description using kinesthetic empathy, speech, poetics, and vocalization. Their study of audio description has been deeply and irrevocably influenced by the cast of In place of catastrophe including Marielys Burgos-Meléndez, Seta Morton, Alejandra Ospina, iele paloumpis, Ogemdi Ude, Krishna Washburn, Marýa Wethers and Adrien Lorenzo Weibgen. 

M is a graduate of the Sonic Arts Center at The City College of New York with a BFA in Music and Audio Technology. They also hold an AAS in Vocal Performance and a certificate in Studio Recording Technology from Nassau Community College. They studied voice under Nadine Carey and Kathleen Webber and choral singing with R. Daniel Hughes and Ira Spaulding.  


GEELIA RONKINA

Geelia Ronkina is a writer.


OGEMDI UDE

Photo credit: Chidozie Ekwensi. Image description: Photo of a dark skinned Black woman staring towards the light, with her head tilted upwards at an angle. She has short curly blonde hair and wears large wooden earrings
Photo credit: Chidozie Ekwensi. Image description: Photo of a dark skinned Black woman staring towards the light, with her head tilted upwards at an angle. She has short curly blonde hair and wears large wooden earrings.

Ogemdi Ude (she/her) is a Nigerian-American dance artist, educator, and doula based in Brooklyn, New York. She creates performances that investigate how Black folks’ cultural, familial, and personal histories are embedded in their bodies and influence their everyday and performative movement. She aims to incite critical engagement with embodied Black history as a means to imagine Black futurity. Her work has been presented at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, Gibney, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, Lewis Center for the Arts, La Mama Courthouse, and for BAM’s DanceAfrica festival. She currently serves as Head of Movement for Drama at Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English, Dance, and Theater from Princeton University.


CONSTANTINA ZAVITSANOS

Constantina Zavitsanos works in medium based time.