Update: UPDATE 64 Congratulations, Louise.
Congratulations to Louise Fryer on successfully completing her PhD at Goldsmith’s College, University of London.
Her thesis, Putting it into words: the impact of visual impairment on perception, experience and presence, investigates the psychology behind audio description. It explores the effect of language versus environmental sound in real and virtual environments; finds out what blind people want from audio description and how it enhances their enjoyment (or otherwise); and includes ways of measuring the immersive experience that audio description can provide.
Louise has been an audio describer at the National Theatre since the theatre’s service began in 1993, and describes regularly for VocalEyes. In the mid-90s, she spent 18 months working for the BBC, launching a pilot audio description service, as part of the Audetel project. Louise has described television programmes, videos and DVDs for the RNIB, IMS and ITFC. She writes and voices audio guides for museums and galleries, and advises curators on ways to make collections more accessible to blind and partially sighted visitors. She is also an accredited Audio Description Association trainer. In addition to working as a describer, Louise is a Radio 3 presenter.