Audio Description

PBT offers audio-described performances for patrons with blindness or low vision, or anyone interested in listening to a live narration of the production.

Patrons experience the performance through verbal description of the action on stage, including choreography, story line, scenery and costumes.


2020 – 2021 Season

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming performances and audio description.

For questions or to register for audio-described performances contact accessibility@pittsburghballet.org.

Previous Audio Described Performances this season:

Open Air Series: September 10 and 11, 2020 at 7pm

Fireside Nutcracker: December 19, 2020 at 7pm


2019 – 2020 Season

Giselle: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 at 2 p.m.
The Nutcracker: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
Beauty and the Beast: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. (sensory-friendly performance)

For questions or to register for audio-described performances contact accessibility@pittsburghballet.org or 412-454-9128.

At the theater: Sign out a headset for an audio-described performance at the Guest Services Center located directly next to the elevator in the Benedum Center lower lobby. An ID is required to borrow a headset. Please see an usher when you arrive for more assistance.


Ballet Audio Notes

Beauty and the Beast Synopsis and Program Notes

The Nutcracker Audio Notes

Giselle Audio Notes: Synopsis and Program Notes

Basic Ballet Terms


Audio Notes for Previous Performances

Listen to select notes from past seasons!

West Side Story Suite + In the Night + Fancy Free

Swan Lake Audio Synopsis and Program Notes

Dracula Audio Synopsis and Costume Description

Romeo and Juliet Audio Synopsis

Alice in Wonderland Synopsis


PBT is grateful to the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for making this service possible by providing narrators, recordings, and technical support.


Other Resources

  • Large-print and braille programs also are available at the theater.
  • 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. 
  • For more information about PBT’s accessibility services, please visit our accessibility page.