Accessibility

At McCarter we seek to make our work available to all with ease and dignity. We have programs, facilities and services to provide support and ensure you have a spectacular experience. Please see below for a description of the supports we offer.

Access Performances

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL)
A team of certified ASL interpreters provide a sign language-interpreted performance in addition to a pre-show overview of the play. One American Sign Language interpreted performance is scheduled for each Theater Series production.

Woman in Black                  October 21 at 2 pm
A Christmas Carol              December 16 at 1 pm
Dreamgirls                          March 16 at 2 pm
Choice                                 May 25 at 2 pm

 

AUDIO DESCRIPTION (AD)
Listen through an ear piece as trained audio describers provide a live description of key visual elements in the play without interfering with dialogue. One audio-described performance is scheduled for each Theater Series production.

Woman in Black                  October 22 at 2 pm
A Christmas Carol              December 17 at 1 pm
Dreamgirls                          March 17 at 2 pm
Choice                                 May 26 at 2 pm

 

OPEN CAPTIONING (OC)
Spoken dialogue scrolls across a digital screen as the action occurs. One open captioning performance is scheduled for each Theater Series production.


Woman in Black                  October 22 at 2 pm
A Christmas Carol              December 17 at 1 pm
Dreamgirls                          March 17 at 2 pm
Choice                                 May 26 at 2 pm

 

RELAXED PERFORMANCES
Relaxed Performances are live performance events where typical “rules” of attending the theater are relaxed. In this way, they invite all patrons to express themselves freely, without inhibition or judgement, and to enjoy a “shush-free” and truly welcoming experience. They invite and encourage individuals with autism, ADD, ADHD, dementia, and sensory sensitivities, parents with infants, and anyone who would appreciate a socially compassionate and generous space to attend our production.

  • House lights being kept partially on (around 45%) throughout the entire performance.
  • The theater house doors at the back of the house being kept open
  • Freedom to talk, vocalize, and come in and out of the seating area during the performance as needed
  • Additional signage and volunteers to direct patrons to restrooms and other lobby areas that include: a calm down space, a quite space, stroller parking, and lending “library” of fidgets and noise cancelling headphones
  • A pre-performance guide linked on our website to offer more information about story and technical elements that will happen during the performance.

HEARING ASSISTANCE
Our theatres offer wireless radio frequency hearing assistance receivers. Headphones are provided free of charge but guests are welcome to bring their own. Hearing aids equipped with t-coil technology can be synched for better sound quality.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY AND MOBILITY
Wheelchair seating in available in both theaters. Please request this seating option when you purchase your tickets. Companion seats are also available.
 

SPECIAL ACCESS PARKING
For performances in the Matthews Theatre, parking is available for patrons with disabilities on a first come, first served basis for those displaying official license plates or placards.  Please speak with the parking attendant located in the circle driveway of the theatre.

BRAILLE PROGRAMS
Braille and large print programs are available for all Theater Series performances upon request.

 

SERVICE ANIMALS
Service Animals are welcome in all public areas of McCarter Theatre Center.  While inside the building, Service Animals must be tethered, harnessed, or leashed unless the devices prevent the animal’s safe, effective performance of their tasks.  Please contact Patron Services if you require seating accommodations for Service Animals who will be accompanying you.  Comfort and/or Emotional Support Animals are not permitted in the lobby or theatre spaces.

 


 

For additional information or if you need an accommodation not mentioned here, please call Patron Services at 609.258.2787.