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Founding member Teri Grossman has over 12 years experience in description. She was among the first group of describers trained in Los Angeles sponsored by the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service. Since then, Teri has provided a live, audio description for the Center Theatre Group and annually of the Tournament of Roses Parade. Her experience extends to video description which she began in 2002. She served as an instructor for Video Description Writing Classes at the Media Access Office, which was operated by the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the State Employment Development Department. Teri has trained describers in Los Angeles, Minnesota and Connecticut and trained trainers of description with Deborah Lewis for the 2005 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference.

Her exhibit work includes audio described audio tour for the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and fine art description for the CORE art exhibits sponsored by Arts and Services for Disabled in Long Beach. She wrote the description for the Blue Man Group at their venue in Orlando, Florida, which uses new technology to make the pre–recorded description available at every performance.

Teri is one of the co–founders of the California Audio Describers Alliance (CADA) which advocates for description in the state. In 2006, CADA adopted standards that its members use in California. These formed the starting point for the national Audio Describers Alliance standards and were provided to the Described and Captioned Media Project and AFB to assist their development of standards for education materials under a grant from the US Department of Education.
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Founding member Deborah Lewis has an amazing 30–year history of arts administration, foundation management and technical assistance support to arts organizations. In her positions as Executive Director of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation and as Executive Director of Special Audiences, she provided consultancies on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for organizations including Arizona Theatre Company, ARTability, Arts Inc, Pasadena Playhouse, Amaryllis Theatre Company, Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council, South Carolina Arts Council, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Georgia Association of Community Arts Agencies, Atlanta Theatre Coalition, High Museum, and Atlanta History Center. She administrated the ADA accessibility for the Cultural Olympiad during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. For the past ten years she has been a consultant and trainer to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disabilities Conference. In 1998 and 2009 she wrote the white papers on ‘Funding for Careers in the Arts’ for people with disabilities for the National Endowment for the Arts conference on Careers in the Arts.

She is an audio describer and trainer and brought Audio Description to the state of Georgia in 1987. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 1997 she established audio description services through Audio Description Los Angeles (ADLA) and the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service. After training describers for the Tournament of Roses Parade, ADLA soon added the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse Rubicon Theatre, Colony Theatre and Kirk Douglas Theatre as well as cultural organizations including the Aquarium of the Pacific.

She has trained describers for ADLA, Very Special Arts Georgia, ARTability, Yale Repertory Theatre, Amaryllis Theatre, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, Picasso PRO and for the LEAD conference through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. She is currently a member of the California Audio Describers Alliance and the national Audio Description Coalition.
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Founding member JC (aka JC Henning) is a member of Actors’ Equity, SAG, AFTRA; and an alum of the British American Acting Academy (London). She has served as an Audio Describer for over 75 plays at the Center Theatre Group since 2000, reader & editor for the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service for the Blind (LARRS) since 1997, voice actress for over 100 projects including the films “Fanny and Alexander” and “My Life As A Dog.” and the Voice of GPS for Toyota. JC has appeared on the web series Secret and performed as a St. Peter’s Square singer in “Angels & Demons.” She has also been a volunteer with Operation Gratitude since 2007.

As a LARRS volunteer since 1997, JC is the most sought after reader, because she reads on holidays! In addition, JC has provided live audio description of the Tournament of Roses Parade at LARRS on–site location along the parade route. She was in the first group of describers trained by LARRS and has been a participant in the ADLA audio description program at the CTG since its inception.

JC has over 100 audio description theatre credits including Death of a Salesman, Romeo & Juliet, Contact, Three, In Real Life, Car Man, Aida, My Old Lady, The Full Monty, The Moliere Comedies, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The House of Bernarda Alba, Big River, Mamma Mia, Morning’s at Seven and Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk, The Goat, Caroline or Change, The Cherry Orchard, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Importance of Being Ernest, 13 (The Musical), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Jersey Boys, Sweeney Todd, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, 9 to 5 The Musical, Pippin, Mary Poppins, Dreamgirls, South Pacific, and The Glass Menagerie.