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.

The Latest

The Audience Ensemble with Rachel Grossman and Colin K. Bills of dog & pony dc
Podcast

The Audience Ensemble with Rachel Grossman and Colin K. Bills of dog & pony dc

From the Ground Up Episode #10

by Jeffrey Mosser, Rachel Grossman, Colin K. Bills
3 June 2019
Disability and Management
Essay

Disability and Management

by Nicole Kelly, Jenn Poret
30 May 2019
The Importance of Including the Disabled Designers
Essay

The Importance of Including the Disabled Designers

by Mallory Kay Nelson, Michael Maag
29 May 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Who Tells Our Story? Presenting the Deaf Experience Onstage through Deaf Eyes
Essay

Who Tells Our Story? Presenting the Deaf Experience Onstage through Deaf Eyes

9 April 2016

Annie Wiegand and JW Guido write about the work of New York Deaf Theatre, and the importance of Deaf by Deaf for Deaf theatre work.

The Time #DeafTalent Willed Reality
Essay

The Time #DeafTalent Willed Reality

8 April 2016

Leah Katz-Hernandez, Receptionist of the United States (ROTUS), writes about the power of having Deaf characters represented in narratives.

Deaf Playwriting
Essay

Deaf Playwriting

A New Art Form

7 April 2016

In this installment, Playwright and poet Sabina England shares her process for creating performances for deaf and hearing audiences.

Barriers, Needs, and Next Steps
Essay

Barriers, Needs, and Next Steps

A Convening on the State of Deaf Theatre-Making

6 April 2016

Several dozen artists, administrators, and activists met at the Lark Play Development Center in January 2016 to consider challenges and successes and the state of deaf theatre.

American Sign Language in Theatre and Its Impact or, Why We Need More Deaf Actors Onstage
Essay

American Sign Language in Theatre and Its Impact or, Why We Need More Deaf Actors Onstage

5 April 2016

Series curator DJ Kurs writes about the history of ASL and Deaf actors.

When It Comes To Accessibility At Theatres, There Is A Law
Essay

When It Comes To Accessibility At Theatres, There Is A Law

4 April 2016

Howard Sherman writes about the responsibility theatres have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

More than Applause
Essay

More than Applause

Deaf Art Needs Deaf Ed

3 April 2016

Author Sara Nović writes about the state of Deaf education, and its implications for the theatre.

Theatre-ing While Disabled
Essay

Theatre-ing While Disabled

Series Introduction

12 March 2016

Kate Langsdorf kicks off a new series in which she will write about her experiences with different jobs in theatre. 

Is Your Theatre Only “Diverse and Inclusive” Twice a Year?
Essay

Is Your Theatre Only “Diverse and Inclusive” Twice a Year?

20 February 2016

Malesha Taylor shares her experience working in audience development and emphasizes the need for regional theatres to continue building relationships with diverse audiences. 

My Disability Challenges a Major Theatre Aesthetic
Essay

My Disability Challenges a Major Theatre Aesthetic

12 February 2016

Ricky Young-Howze challenges theatre companies to rethink the conventional aesthetic of silent audiences and find creative ways to accommodate audience members with invisible disabilities.

Wheelchair Ramp to Your Heart
Essay

Wheelchair Ramp to Your Heart

Living with an Invisible Disability in the Arts

4 January 2016

Playwright Ricky Young-Howze shares his experience working in theatre with invisible disabilities.

Every Body on the Dance Floor
Essay

Every Body on the Dance Floor

On Jérôme Bel’s Ballet

17 December 2015

Patrick Gaughan reviews Jérôme Bel’s Ballet at the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York City. 

The Striking Gestures of Teatro Patologico’s Medea at La MaMa
Essay

The Striking Gestures of Teatro Patologico’s Medea at La MaMa

27 November 2015

David Bruin on Teatro Patologico’s production of Medea at La Mama in New York City. 

You Don’t Have to be an Ally, but Don’t be an Enemy
Essay

You Don’t Have to be an Ally, but Don’t be an Enemy

A Response to the Jubilee Responses

30 October 2015

Playwright Catherine Castellani responds to some of the outcry about the Jubilee proposal.

Deafness On Broadway
Essay

Deafness On Broadway

21 October 2015

Chicago-based theatre practitioner and scholar Eli Van Sickel dispells the prevalent notion of Spring Awakening being the first deaf production on Broadway—it’s not.

Welcome to the Jubilee
Essay

Welcome to the Jubilee

17 October 2015

The Committee of  the Jubilee makes a call to action to support a vision of every theatre in the United States of America producing work by women, people of color, artists of varied physical and cognitive abilities, and/or LGBTQIA artists in the 2020–2021 season.

Three Reasons To Cheer Deaf West's Spring Awakening, and One Thing To Hope for the Future
Essay

Three Reasons To Cheer Deaf West's Spring Awakening, and One Thing To Hope for the Future

1 October 2015

Jonathan Mandell on the Deaf West Broadway production of Spring Awakening

Inclusivity and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Essay

Inclusivity and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

24 September 2015

Justin Kaiser explores the issues of representation and neurodiversity in casting for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Beyond the Choice
Essay

Beyond the Choice

Confronting the Challenges of Producing Important Work

12 September 2015

Producer Jack Eidson writes about the challenges he’s faced casting  The Lilliput Troupe  with little person actors.

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.

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.

Casting a Non-Autistic Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway
Essay

Casting a Non-Autistic Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway

4 April 2015

Is it appropriate for a non-autistic to play the part of an autistic? 

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The Theater Was Ours
Essay

The Theater Was Ours

Next Gen Nights and Hir at the Magic Theatre

21 March 2014

 looks at how Magic Theatre's initative for young theatre-goes went beyond a discount, and how the premiere of Taylor Mac's Hir at the Magic complemented their earlier production of Buried Child.

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The Future of Theatre is Accessible
Series

The Future of Theatre is Accessible

In this series, a variety of disabled theatre artists—managers, designers, producers, and dramaturgs—will share how they do their work, as well as their vision for an accessible future in professional theatre.