President and Audio Description Trainer
Audio Description Solutions
Deborah B. Lewis has been an audio describer and trainer since 1987 when she was trained through the Ohio Theatre Alliance. She brought Audio Description to the state of Georgia through her work as the Executive Director of Special Audiences whose mission was to make the arts accessible to people with disabilities. She described the premiere audio description season of 16 plays for the Alliance and Academy Theatres including “Steel Magnolias,” “Amadeus,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Peter Pan.” She then went on to train over 40 audio describers in Georgia and enroll 50 theatres, museums and cultural institutions including the Alliance Theatre, Theatre in the Square, Seven Stages, Horizon Theatre, High Museum, Atlanta Ballet, and Atlanta History Center. During the Olympics in Atlanta, she facilitated the audio description program for all of the Cultural Olympiad events from 1992 through 1996.
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, Geffen Theatre, Watts Theatre Company, Segestrom Center For the Performing Arts, 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, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, California Musical Theatre, Newseum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, San Diego Zoo and for the LEAD conference through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2010 she joined forces with Audio Description Solutions as a Senior Writer and in 2016 became the President when Bill Patterson retired. Through her work with ADS, she has done Audio Description scripts for New River Gorge National River, Keweenaw National Historic Park Calumet Visitor Center, James A. Garfield National Park, Mammoth Cave National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park, Cuyahoga Valley Experience Center, and the Albright Visitor Center at Mammoth Hot Springs – Yellowstone National Park. She is currently a member of the California Audio Describers Alliance and the national Audio Description Coalition. She is a founding member of the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disabilities through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.