Accessibility

Interested in making every aspect of theatre practice and participation accessible to people of all abilities? You've come to the right place! Here, you'll find content created by folks with disabilities as well as allies on what to do, what not to do, and how we can all do better. Go to this page to find out what HowlRound is doing.

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Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love
Essay

Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love

by Alix Rosenfeld
14 May 2019
The Why and How of Site-Specific
Essay

The Why and How of Site-Specific

From Then to Now

by Anne Hamburger
2 May 2019
actors on stage
Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love
Essay

Inclusion vs. Belonging in A Fierce Kind of Love

14 May 2019

Alix Rosenfeld talks about the difference between inclusion and belonging when it comes to working with the disability community, using the Philadelphia-based FringeArts production of A Fierce Kind of Love as an example.

actors onstage
The Why and How of Site-Specific
Essay

The Why and How of Site-Specific

From Then to Now

2 May 2019

Anne Hamburger, founder of En Garde Arts, talks about the beginnings of her company, and, with it, the beginnings of site-specific theatre in New York City.

eight actors surrounding another
TILTing Perspectives
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TILTing Perspectives

Approaches to Devising New Work Alongside Actors with Disabilities

11 April 2019

Adam Roberts talks about the devising process used at TILT, a performance company in Austin, Texas, that celebrates the creative work of adult actors with disabilities.

Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session
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Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session

at Emerson College in Boston, MA

Friday 15 March 2019 - Sunday 17 March 2019
Emerson College, Jackie Liebergott Black Box in the Paramount Theatre, Boston

The Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session was a convening that took place Friday to Sunday 15-17 March 2019 at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

two people taking a picture of a wheelchair user
In Search of Authenticity
Essay

In Search of Authenticity

Including Disability in Theatre

17 January 2019

Andrea Kovich talks about the importance of disability representation on Seattle’s stages and Sound Theatre Company’s recent work in that area.

A painting of a duckling on a farm with other birds looking at it
Creating Ability-Positive Theatre for Children
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Creating Ability-Positive Theatre for Children

2 January 2019

Tim Collingwood talks about the importance of creating “ability-positive” theatre so that people with different ability statuses have the chance to see themselves represented on stage.

person leans against a wall near a guitar
Crazy for Theatre
Essay

Crazy for Theatre

Mental Illness and Theatremaking

12 December 2018

Jacob Juntunen, who has bipolar disorder, speaks with several other artists who struggle with mental illness about the realities and challenges working in the field.

seven panelists
Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered
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Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered

13 November 2018

Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL) founder Rachel Spencer Hewitt discusses three crucial ways theatres can improve their support for parent artists. 

When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible
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When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible

30 August 2018

Dramaturg Sara Brookner interviews actor/director Megan Simcox about equitable casting, and why they founded ACTive Roles Theatre Company.

group of people applauding in ASL
EXTENDED TO 16 SEPTEMBER
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EXTENDED TO 16 SEPTEMBER

Accepting Applications for the Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session

31 July 2018

The Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session, a convening for deaf theatremakers taking place on 15-17 March 2019, is accepting applications for convening participants.

Representation and Ability On Stage in Dallas, Texas
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Representation and Ability On Stage in Dallas, Texas

28 June 2018

Shelby-Allison Hibbs interviews director Marianne T. Galloway and theatre administrator and actor Sherry Jo Ward about representation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and what it’s like to create theatre with their unique physical challenges.

Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro
Essay

Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro

an Introduction/Introducción

27 May 2018

Annalisa Dias and Madeline Sayet introduce the Decolonizing Theatre series by exploring the ways the American theatre has been and still is complicit in the legacy of colonialism.

A Work of the Body
Essay

A Work of the Body

Deconstructing Preconceived Notions of Disability and Dance in Piece by Piece

29 April 2018

Emily White writes about Rebeccah Simone Bogue’s Piece by Piece, which was presented as a work in progress in New York City in February 2018.

Towards Cultural Access and Participation in Portugal
Essay

Towards Cultural Access and Participation in Portugal

29 March 2018

Maria Vlachou, Executive Director of Acesso Cultura | Access Culture, a not-for-profit that promotes access to cultural participation in Portugal, writes about work being done in the country to break down structural and geographical barriers to arts and culture.

Aligning Artistic Practice with “Healthstyle”
Essay

Aligning Artistic Practice with “Healthstyle”

14 March 2018

For the fourth installment of the Chronic Theatremaker series, Sara Brookner interviews playwright Lisa Kenner Grissom about living with lupus and learning to balance her health practice with her writing practice. 

Cripping the Crip—Is It Time to Reclaim Richard III?
Essay

Cripping the Crip—Is It Time to Reclaim Richard III?

21 February 2018

Kaite O’Reilly considers how Richard III has been portrayed on stage, the alignment of atypical embodiment with evil and suffering, and her inspiration with The Llanarth Group to create a new staging of Richard III.

Hastened by Technology, Hindered by Public Attitudes
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Hastened by Technology, Hindered by Public Attitudes

7 February 2018

Jonathan Mandell reports on the accessibility panel at BroadwayCon, which explained the forthcoming changes aiming toward a future theatre seamlessly accessible for everyone, all the time.

Autistic Actors, “Autistic Archetypes,” and Acting, in General
Essay

Autistic Actors, “Autistic Archetypes,” and Acting, in General

23 January 2018

Sam Ethan Rubin writes about being an actor on the autism spectrum.

At the Crossroads of Disability and Theatre at Mixed Blood
Essay

At the Crossroads of Disability and Theatre at Mixed Blood

18 December 2017

Jack Reuler discusses nearly two decades of incorporating work about, for, or with people with disabilities or on issues of disability at Mixed Blood Theatre.

Invisible Leaders and Creating Support for the Parent Artist
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Invisible Leaders and Creating Support for the Parent Artist

A Conversation on Research, Visibility, and Inclusion

13 December 2017

Continuing the series on parent-artists, Ineke Ceder and Catherine Mueller Melwani discuss how research can play a role in creating a bridge between the parent-artist experiencing isolation and the solutions recommended for equity and parity.

Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for Parent Artists
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Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for Parent Artists

10 December 2017

Rachel Spencer Hewitt, PAAL founder, kicks off the parent advocacy in the arts series with an overview of the history of PAAL and a rationale for family-friendly practices in the theatre.

Challenging the Narrative of Disability On Stage
Essay

Challenging the Narrative of Disability On Stage

27 November 2017

Playwright and actor Tim Collingwood reflects on the workshop production of his play Depth Perception, a piece based on his experiences with Aspergers, and why he thinks the theatre can be a safe space for people of all abilities.

The Power of Authenticity
Essay

The Power of Authenticity

Disability On Stage and Off in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

22 November 2017

Talleri McRae interviews actors Mickey Rowe and Landon G. Woodson from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time about casting actors with disabilities play disabled characters, and the power of inclusive casting. 

Why Would We Move? Musings on Movement Practice and Training
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Why Would We Move? Musings on Movement Practice and Training

9 November 2017

Movement director and professor Yo-El Cassell reflects on how movement should help people access playfulness and joy, regardless of ability.