ADA 25th Anniversary

To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on 26 July 2015, we're publishing a series of pieces focusing on issues of accessibility and visibility in theatre.

Theatre Access
Essay

Theatre Access

Thinking Beyond the Ramp

29 July 2015

Ruth Zamoyta of New Jersey Theatre Alliance describes obstacles to theatre attendance faced by patrons with disabilities, and some programs in New Jersey that are working to overcome them. 

Pause, Move Forward
Essay

Pause, Move Forward

Physicality and Inner Strength in Colossal

28 July 2015

Spencer Shannon on Colossal by Andrew Hinderaker, produced by Boston's Company One Theatre.

Bodies On The Line
Essay

Bodies On The Line

Able-Bodied Actors, Disabled Roles, and Praise

27 July 2015

Scholar Eli Van Sickel examines the casting of able-bodied performers to play disabled characters through the performances of Bradley Cooper, Daniel Radcliffe, and Kevin Spacey.

The Actor’s Body
Essay

The Actor’s Body

26 July 2015

Actor Natalie Osborne discusses the misconception that an actor’s body needs to be “perfect” through the teachings of Jerzy Grotowski.

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