Access to the Arts

From Broadway to Ballet, IRIS volunteers provide live Audio Description for performances and community events. Patrons hear this “play by play” of the visual elements of a performance on a headset provided by IRIS.

Audio Description is scheduled for the performance dates listed below. It can also be arranged by special request.

Audio Description Performances


April 2, 2023 at 1:00pm – The Lion King

May 21, 2023 at 1:00pm – Tina

June 11, 2023 at 1:00pm – Dear Evan Hanson

July 2, 2023 at 1:00pm – Ain’t Too Proud

For tickets, call 515.246.2300


June 18, 2023 at 2:00pm – Native Gardens

July 16, 2023 at 2:00pm – Little Shop of Horrors

For tickets, call 515.277.6261

For tickets, call 1.800.HANCHER

Sensation Audio Description Team

Through my participation here, I have come to realize what a valuable resource IRIS is for the people of Iowa who depend upon it. So, when we learned about this idea, and the need for funding, my husband and I felt this was something which we could help develop.

How better to enrich the lives of those we serve than to bring art, music and theater to them?  We recommended to name the team “Sensation,” because it not only implies the sensational nature of the art forms we will be describing, but also ties into the feelings we all experience in our senses and emotions as we listen to and appreciate these performances.

Eileen Bowerman