By National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division
So, you're blind. Can you sing? Can you play an instrument? Can you act? Can you dance? Of course you can! Join Lizzy Muhammad-Park and her special guests as they pull back the curtain on their successes and struggles as blind people in the performing arts. Be educated, be challenged, be entertained, and be empowered to join us as we work together to make a "Scene Change" for the blind. Presented by the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division: www.nfb-pad.org
Join Lizzy for this month's riveting episode featuring Krishna Washburn, a professional ballet dancer, and the artistic director and sole teacher of 'Dark Room Ballet', along with The 'Dark Room Ballet' program coordinator and lead administrator Alejandra Ospina. Interested in ballet? This is an online ballet course specifically for blind dancers. She's got something for everyone. She's got intro courses, they are eight weeks long, and she also has open courses for experienced blind professionals. They are tuition free. In this episode, you will hear more about this exciting opportunity and all it entails. Her summer course is beginning on June 25, and Registration closes on June 18, 2022. Sign up here: https://darkroomballet.com/ Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division! Website: www.nfb-pad.org Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PerformingArtsDivision Follow us on Twitter: @NFB_PAD Episode 21 notes 0:41 – Introducing Krishna 3:10 – How it’s like to be a blind ballet instructor 16:08 – How to sign up and prices for other courses 31:48 – The difference between sighted, blind, and balanced 36:15 – Do students need to purchase ballet shoes before class 37:05 – What tape is used 39:49 – Krisna dancing while teaching 41:59 – Who taught Krishna 47:39 – Misconceptions for teachers to break 54:40 – Advice for anyone advocating for equality in the dance space 1:04:51 – Contact information 1:07:54 - Outro
June 12, 2022
Celebrating our Stage Moms
In honor of Motherâ€™s Day, we take some time this month to celebrate our members who are moms on stage, in life, and sometimes in both. Enjoy this fun and enlightening chat as Lizzy, joined this month by cohost Katelyn MacIntyre, talks with three awesome moms, performers and leaders about their journeys. Connect with us! Web: nfb-pad.org Facebook: facebook.com/performingartsdivision Twitter: @nfb_pad
May 18, 2022
Music is Therapy Too!
Most musicians will tell you that making music is therapeutic for them. For some people, escaping into the world of their favorite tunes gives them peace. But did you know that there is an actual profession known as music therapy that uses music to improve mental health? In this episode, we're joined by Kaiti Shelton, a professional musical therapist, as she describes her field and tells her story as a blind professional and performer breaking into a new career path. Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division! Website: www.nfb-pad.org Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PerformingArtsDivision Follow us on Twitter: @NFB_PAD
April 15, 2022
Episode 18: Modernizing from mandolin to Midi with John Dowling
Listen in to this month’s episode of seen change where blind multi instrumentalist John Dowling talks shop on learning new instruments, the songwriting process, and jam sessions! Live performance and description of the mandolin included! Enjoy Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division! Website: www.nfb-pad.org Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PerformingArtsDivision Follow us on Twitter: @NFB_PAD
March 15, 2022
May We Have This Dance?
Picture this: You're spending a romantic Valentine's Day evening with your valentine, everything is going well, and then your partner asks you to dance. What do you do? Many of us will do it, but if we're honest with ourselves, the very thought of dancing--especially in public--makes us become instantly self-conscious if not outright embarrassed. If you can relate, the Scene Change team hopes to change all that this Valentine's Day! For this special, we're featuring 2 Scene Change regulars: Lizzy Muhammad-Park, podcast host, PAD Vice President, and talented dancer, and Katelyn MacIntyre, PAD President, accomplished dancer, and frequent dance instructor. Let Lizzy and Katelyn help you make the most of your partner dancing experience, so that next time your partner asks if you want to dance, your answer can be an enthusiastic "Yes!" Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division! Website: www.nfb-pad.org Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PerformingArtsDivision Follow us on Twitter: @NFB_PAD
February 14, 2022
PAD and POP: Together!
This month's episode marks a first for Scene Change: For the first time, we're collaborating with another podcast! Join Lizzy as she partners with the host of Poppercast, a production of the Pacific Opera Project, as they interview 3 people who are deeply involved in the wonderful world of opera. Spoiler alert: One of the guests (and a leading lady in a Pacific Opera Project production) is Cristina Jones, who also happens to be the Secretary of the NFB Performing Arts Division! So we believe we can claim some bragging rights. Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division! Website: www.nfb-pad.org Facebook: facebook.com/performingartsdivision
January 25, 2022
Caroling, Caroling on the Web
Welcome to the last episode of 2021! Covid might have prevented our favorite choirs from serenading us in person during the holiday season, but the gift of technology has made it possible for singers around the world to come together, rehearse and perform—all from their own homes. Join Lizzy as she sits down with Kayleigh Brendle, a member of the Sing for Serenity virtual choir, and Rachel Grider and Tom Page, the director and engineer behind the NFB virtual choir that has added music to our last 2 national conventions. Stay tuned for a musical sample from both choirs, and a new segment we're calling "Questions with Katelyn." Happy holidays from the Scene Change team and all of us in the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division!
December 15, 2021
Questions (and Answers) with Question
It has been said that hip-hop/rap is the music of minorities. If that's true, blind rappers should fit right in. Question has certainly found his niche in this genre of music. Join Lizzy and Question as they listen to some of Question's music, then engage in a little Q&A session about his story and the message behind his music.
November 15, 2021
Let Your Voice Be Heard… In Character
Picture this: you’re sitting in a studio. Maybe it’s even in your own home. You’re reading a script, interpreting your character’s voice, and recording yourself talking into a microphone. Congratulations… You are an actor! And yes, there are actually people who do this for a living. So how does that work? On this episode Lizzy talks with Sammi Grant of Access Acting Academy about all things voice acting: how it works, how blind people are succeeding at it, and how you can get involved. Access Acting Will soon be announcing their winter schedule of classes, and plans are being made for a new five week in person acting course, so you won’t want to miss the exciting events available to aspiring actors from our friends there. Be sure to check out accessacting.com and sign up for their newsletter to be the first to know about their upcoming projects!
October 15, 2021
Be Prepared. Be Very, Very Prepared!
It’s back to school time again! Some of us are excited about it, some of us are dreading it, and many of us fall somewhere in the middle. But, for students everywhere, it’s just a fact of life. So what do blind students interested in the performing arts do about this time? Join us as we talk with an educator and 2 music education students about their experiences and how you can be prepared to thrive in all your academic endeavors. Also, we're excited to announce that we now offer a transcript of each podcast episode! Visit the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division YouTube channel to get the text of each show!
September 16, 2021
Perspectives on Audio Description from Creators and Consumers: Part 2
In last months episode, we brought you the first part of our panel from the 2021 national convention featuring three leaders in the field of audio description. Now here’s the second part of that discussion, featuring questions from the virtual audience!
August 16, 2021
Live from #NFB21: Perspectives on Audio Description from Creators and Consumers, Part 1
Our 10th episode brings a first for Scene Change! During our annual division meeting on July 8, we recorded a live episode of the podcast featuring an all-star panel of influential members of the audio description community: Dr. Joel Snyder, Director of the Audio Description Project; Roy Samuelson, a renowned describer and voiceover artist; and our own Everette Bacon, a Board Member of the National Federation of the Blind. Enjoy Part 1 of this informative and insightful conversation with Lizzy and our panelists, and stay tuned for Part 2 in August! Oh, and speaking of Lizzy, we start off the show with a very exciting announcement involving our host!
July 15, 2021
Behind the Scenes with a Documentarian
Anthony Saldona has dedicated his career to using art and film to shed light on the subjects he is most passionate about. Join Lizzy as she and Anthony have a conversation about his life, work, and the unique style he uses in his documentaries. Plus, be sure to listen until the end to get a glimpse of some of the awesome activities the Performing Arts Division has planned just for you at the 2021 virtual convention of the National Federation of the Blind! You won't want to miss the largest and most dynamic gathering of blind people in the world, so be sure you're registered at nfb.org/convention. It's free! Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division! Website: www.nfb-pad.org Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PerformingArtsDivision Follow us on Twitter: @nfb_pad
June 16, 2021
Joey Stuckey: A "Blind Man Drivin'" the Future
He's a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, motivational speaker, broadcaster, music ambassador... and now a guest on our podcast. His name is Joey Stuckey, and he has quite a story to tell. Join Lizzy and Joey as they delve into Joey's life story, his outlook on blindness and life, his style of performance, and much more. Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division! Website: www.nfb-pad.org Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PerformingArtsDivision Follow us on Twitter: @NFB_PAD
May 15, 2021
Empowering an Empire: A Conversation with Lachi
Our guest this month describes herself in many ways. She's a singer, a songwriter, and an all-around performer. She's also blind, a woman, and a person of color. All of those characteristics--and many others--make Lachi who she is. And, because she writes songs about her own unique experiences, those characteristics come together to make Lachi's music uniquely hers. Who is Lachi, how has she gotten to where she is today, and how is she working to build a brighter future for blind female performers of color? Join us as the one and only Lachi opens up to Lizzy about her life, her music, and much more! Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division! Website: www.nfb-pad.org Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PerformingArtsDivision Follow us on Twitter: @NFB_PAD
April 15, 2021
what do you think of when you think of March Madness? Probably that exciting college basketball competition that has the unique power to become a student's dream and a fan's obsession. You might think about filling out your bracket or proudly displaying your school's colors. But there's more to March Madness than the athletes on the court; the marching bands, too, represent their schools with pride and style. "But blind people can't play in a marching band, can they?" you ask. Of course we can! Join Lizzy as she celebrates March Madness by talking with some marchers who show us how it's done. Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division! Website: www.nfb-pad.org Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PerformingArtsDivision Follow us on Twitter: @NFB_PAD
March 15, 2021
Love is Literally in the Air
Take a listen as a blind/sighted, inter-abled couple describes their Cirque du Soleil-style aerial dancing act. Silk, romance and a sense of adventure come together to show us a new way to perform in our special Valentine's Day episode! Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division. Web: www.nfb-pad.org. Facebook: National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division. Twitter: @nfb_pad
February 14, 2021
Shattering Assumptions: Blind Comedians are Real!
Blind comedy - how does that work? We'll hear from two outstanding blind comedians, Shannon Cantan and David Glasspool, on how they got started in the genre, how adversity shapes presentation, the dos and don'ts of blind jokes, and what's on the horizon. Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division! Website: www.nfb-pad.org. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/PerformingArtsDivision. Follow us on Twitter: @nfb_pad
January 15, 2021
All Things Strings!
Learn about the cello and the violin from Leslie Hamric and Julia LaGrand. Details: Descriptions of instruments, proper bowing, orchestral performance adaptations, and audition accommodations. Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division! Website: www.nfb-pad.org. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/PerformingArtsDivision Follow us on Twitter: @nfb_pad
December 15, 2020
Blind Ballet? Why Not?
We know there are many blind musicians out there, but what about dancing? Blind people can’t see what other dancers are doing on stage. Surely they can’t perform in the same way. Not so fast! On this episode, Lizzy is joined by three ballet dancers who are successful at their craft and share with us how it’s done.
November 15, 2020
Meet the Blind, Meet the Leaders, Meet PAD!
On this White Cane Awareness Day, the NFB Performing Arts Division is proud to present the premier episode of Scene Change! On this podcast, we meet the Performing Arts Division in a more intimate way as we have fun talking with some of the leaders who make our division (and this podcast) work. Join Katelyn MacIntyre, our beloved President; Lizzy Muhammed-Park, our Vice President and the host of Scene Change; and Precious Perez, one of our Board members, as they share their experiences and their love of the performing arts. Let's learn and laugh with these three leading ladies! Connect with the National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts Division! Website: www.nfb-pad.org Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PerformingArtsDivision Follow us on Twitter: @NFB_PAD
October 15, 2020