Audio Description

PBT offers audio-described performances for patrons who are blind or have low vision, or for any patron who wishes to hear a live-narration of the production. Patrons experience the performance through verbal description of the action on stage, including choreography, storyline, scenery and costumes. Pre-show notes, with production and program information, begin about 20 minutes prior to the start of the performance. 

Audio-described Performances for the 2015-16 Season:

Mixed Repertory #1:  Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8 PM.

The Nutcracker: Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

Peter Pan: Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Mixed Repertory #2: Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2 PM.

Le Corsaire: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2 PM.

*Please register for audio description at or call (412) 454-9109.


Headsets for the audio-described performance can be obtained at the Guest Services Center located directly next to the elevator in the Benedum Center lower lobby. Please see an usher when you arrive for more assistance in locating the Guest Services Center; patrons will be asked for an ID in order to borrow a headset.

Large print and braille programs are available at the theater. Audio recordings of select program notes are available on the audio recording page of PBT's website.

VocalEyes Ltd, a UK charity devoted to audio description and accessibility of all arts and cultural genres, has wonderful resources about audio description for dance. Listen to patrons' experience at Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty and their experience at Northern Ballet's Beauty and the Beast