Ruth M. Feldman (Senior Writer, Describer, and Audio Description Trainer) has spent the past 24 years working in the fields of arts education and accessibility. During her eleven years as Director of Education and Accessibility Services at Yale Repertory Theatre (CT), she implemented and managed the theatre’s accessibility programs and services including: the annual accessibility awareness and training program for all incoming Yale School of Drama graduate students; running the theatre’s season of Audio Described and Open Captioned/ASL Interpreted programs; and serving as one of its four Audio Describers. She also created and managed the theatre’s arts and education programs which served more than 24,000 students and teachers. Prior to her tenure at Yale Rep, Ms. Feldman worked at the Shubert Theater (CT), where she ran its Education and Community Outreach programs.
Since 2014, Ms. Feldman has been working with Audio Description Solutions as a writer, editor, and project manager for audio description tours at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Canal Exploration Center (OH), the Albright Visitor Center at Yellowstone National Park (WY), the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (Project Manager; PA), The Statue of Liberty/Liberty Island and Ellis Island Immigration Museum (NY) and the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monuments (FL). She also worked as an audio describer for the 2015-2017 PNC “Broadway in Pittsburgh” seasons. In addition, she has trained and mentored audio describers since 2005.
She also works as a consultant and presenter for CT’s Area Cooperative Educational Services Professional Development and School Improvement unit as well as a consultant and writer for the Pilobolus Dance Theatre Company’s education initiatives.
Ms. Feldman is a founding member of the national Audio Description Coalition (ADC) and has been an annual presenter at the John F. Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference. Most recently she was a presenter for New York Theatre Development Fund’s (TDF) “Access for NYC Theatre” symposium.
In recognition of her work in the fields of Education and Accessibility, Ms. Feldman has received: a 2014 New Haven Public School Community T.A.P.S. award, acknowledging her contributions and commitment to the school district’s youth and programs; a 2012 Greater New Haven Arts Council “Arts Award” for her work in the field of accessibility; a 2009 Elm/Ivy Award, given jointly by Yale University and the City of New Haven for distinguished service to the community; and the 2008 Raymond E. Baldwin Award recognizing contributions made for the betterment and enrichment of the lives of persons in Connecticut who are blind or have vision disabilities. Member: AEA, AGMA.