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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Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists
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Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists

by Lydia Milman Schmidt
5 December 2018
Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered
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Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered

by Rachel Spencer Hewitt
13 November 2018
When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible
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When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible

by Sara Brookner, Megan Simcox
30 August 2018
Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists
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Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists

5 December 2018

Lydia Milman Schmidt, founder of the advocacy group Parents in Chicago Theatre, looks at the progressive policies Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has in place when it comes to working with parent artists on production.

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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.

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
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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
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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
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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”
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.  

Theatre-ing While Disabled—Audience Edition
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Theatre-ing While Disabled—Audience Edition

7 November 2017

Kate Langsdorf finishes the series by reflecting on her experience attending different shows as an audience member in Los Angeles, California.

Access Auditions for Performers who are d/Deaf and Disabled
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Access Auditions for Performers who are d/Deaf and Disabled

15 August 2017

Aaron Sawyer and Terri Hudson reflect on what they learned from the Access Auditions, and offer tangible steps theatres can take to become more accessible to performers who are d/Deaf and disabled.

Creative Access
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Creative Access

Accommodations for Professional Performers with Disabilities

11 August 2017

Talleri McRae summarizes a breakout session she co-led at the 2017 Theatre Communications Group Annual Conference.

The Cultural Apartheid of Disability
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The Cultural Apartheid of Disability

A Conversation between Judith Smith and John Killacky with Resources and Tips

2 August 2017

A conversation between Judith Smith and John Killacky with resources and tips at the Americans for the Arts 2017 Annual Conference, Friday June 16, 2017.

Re-membering the Canon
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Re-membering the Canon

Sam Gold’s The Glass Menagerie

9 May 2017

Ryan Donovan considers the critical reception of casting an actor with a disability in the current Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie.

Invisible Disability in Theatre
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Invisible Disability in Theatre

Why I May Not Want to Tell You I Have a Disability

26 March 2017

Ricky Young-Howze writes about why people with invisible disabilities might be wary to disclose that information.

Gender Disparity, Hidden Carers, and Employment Opportunities
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Gender Disparity, Hidden Carers, and Employment Opportunities

PIPA Trial

22 March 2017

Contributor Rachel Spencer Hewitt reports on the Parents in the Performing Arts consortium that is working to finding solutions for caregivers in the performing arts.