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

Redefining “Radical” In Terms of How We Support Parents
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Redefining “Radical” In Terms of How We Support Parents

by Mickey Rowe
4 December 2019
When the World Isn’t Made for Your Body
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When the World Isn’t Made for Your Body

How Interconnected Access Benefits Multiple Communities

by Sally Lobel
1 December 2019
“But Does It Pay?”
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“But Does It Pay?”

Internship Culture and Diversity in Theatre Administration

by Brídín Clements
7 November 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Theatre-ing While Disabled
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Theatre-ing While Disabled

Writer Edition

19 October 2016

Kate Langsdorf on why she believes being a writer is the best theatre job for a person with a physical disability.

Relaxed Performances
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Relaxed Performances

The Nuts and Bolts of Offering Sensory-Friendly Experiences to Your Audience

29 September 2016

In this #IdentityWeek blog, Erica Nagel of the McCarter Theatre discusses how, and why, they’ve made Relaxed Performances part of their equity, diversity, and inclusion work. 

The Kennedy Center’s 2016 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference
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The Kennedy Center’s 2016 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference

Wednesday 3 August and Saturday 6 August 2016
Washington, D.C., United States

The Office of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented the 2016 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference livestreamed select sessions on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 3 August and Saturday 6 August from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In its 16th year, LEAD is an international network of arts professionals focused on making the cultural arts accessible to people with disabilities of all ages. Follow @AccessLEAD@HowlRoundTV, and share your thoughts using #KCLEAD and #howlround.

Six Lessons I Learned from Ali Stroker
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Six Lessons I Learned from Ali Stroker

23 July 2016

Ricky Young-Howze talks with actor Ali Stroker about changing people’s perceptions about performers with disabilities.

Shared Vocabulary and Puppetry in Ramesh Meyyappan’s Butterfly
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Shared Vocabulary and Puppetry in Ramesh Meyyappan’s Butterfly

21 June 2016

Ramesh Meyyappan and Gavin Glover discuss their wordless adaptation of Madame Butterfly, replete with kites and puppets, and their hopes for hyphenate theatremakers.

Theatre-ing While Disabled
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Theatre-ing While Disabled

Contracted Artist Edition

10 May 2016

Kate Langsdorf writes about the joys and hardships of working on a project as a dramaturg.

Theatre-ing While Disabled
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Theatre-ing While Disabled

Teaching Artist Edition

25 April 2016

Kate Langsdorf’s series continues with this description of her time as a teaching artist.

Theatre-ing While Disabled
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Theatre-ing While Disabled

Actor Edition

13 April 2016

Kate Langsdorf describes her experiences as an actor with a physical disability.

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