LIVE THEATER CAPTIONING

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What is CaptionPoint?

CaptionPoint is a team that provides captions for scripted theater and other live events to the d/Deaf and hard of hearing.

the app

CaptionPoint is the only application specifically designed to create live event captions from a script. By adding some simple formatting to any text, you can build captions with a system that was built to make captions…not a slideshow.

the service

CaptionPoint the App makes it easy for you to build DIY captions. But what if you don’t want to do the work yourself? We will help you turn your script into captions that anyone can run at your theater performance or live event.

the training

What’s the difference between “open” and “closed” captions? “CART” and “pre-scripted” captions? What gear do I need to show captions for my live event? We’ve got answers to these questions and a whole lot more.

WHY CAPTIONPOINT?

To share the things we love with the ones we love.

HOW WILL IT WORK?

CaptionPoint offers captioning solutions for events large and small.

diy captions

STEP ONE

download the app

CaptionPoint will be available for Mac and Windows, to start. You'll use the app to both build and run your captions.

STEP TWO

take a few classes

We'll tell you everything you need to know to get your captions running. And we'll also have tips on how to make them pretty.

STEP THREE

build your captions

Using simple formatting, you'll turn your lines of dialogue into captions. Colors, fonts, spacing: you'll have full control over the final result.

STEP FOUR

caption the event!

Connect your computer to a projector, TV, or mobile device and click "go". You advance the captions during the show. You're captioning live theater!

WBY* captions

option ONE

We build the captions, you edit them

If you'd rather us do the heavy lifting, we've got a team that knows how to build captions from a script, fast. The finished captions will be downloaded into your account and you can make any edits (sound cues, last minute script changes) you need.

option TWO

we build the captions, we edit them, too

You don't have time to edit what we've built? No problem. Send us archival video and audio from two nights of your performance and we can do all the fine-tuning of your captions, too.

option THREE

we build the captions, edit them, and run them, live

In the Chicagoland Area only:
The full-service package! We'll build, edit, and then run your captions the night (or nights) of the show if you live in or near Chicago. No need to find or train staff for the night.

*"We'll Build Your"

WHAT WILL IT COST?

CaptionPoint 1.0 will cost $70,000 and take about 4 months to build.

PHASE ONE

Research and development of server

PHASE TWO

Research and development of APPS

PHASE THREE

Research and development of NETWORK

PHASE FOUR

DESIGN & PROTOTYPE DEVICE HOLDERS

ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS

ALPHA TESTING IN MULTIPLE THEATER ENVIRONMENTS

INSTALLATIONS & TRAINING

PROJECT ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS

ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISING FOR
SELF-SUSTAINING PROJECT

We loved the workshop that y'all led!

JHENAI MOOTZ, MANAGING DIRECTOR / OAK PARK FESTIVAL THEATRE

THE TEAM

We are a small team of developers, designers and theater lovers.

The CaptionPoint team has a combined 30+ years of design, development, project management, and theater experience. We have a unique understanding of a theater's time and budgetary constraints... we know how imperative it is for CaptionPoint to be both affordable and easy to use.

MATTHEW BIVINS

CO-FOUNDER // CEO // DEVELOPER

Matthew Bivins has been performing on stage since he was five and developing websites for ten years. Preferring to provide tech know-how to nonprofits and organizations in the performing arts world, Matt has built sites for jazz organizations, dance companies, and theaters. 

EVAN BIVINS

LEAD DESIGNER // UX

Evan Bivins has been designing for web, apps and print since 2008. With his brother, Matt, they've focused on social good projects and non-profits. His mission is to make the CaptionPoint user experience effortless, intuitive and effective.

LINDSAY JEAN DREXLER

CO-FOUNDER // CVO // DEVELOPER

Lindsay Jean provides the team the most important perspective of all - that of the deaf and hard of hearing. Her insights shape the way the team approaches building this system. In addition, she provides promotional, marketing and social media support.