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

Crazy for Theatre
Essay

Crazy for Theatre

Mental Illness and Theatremaking

by Jacob Juntunen
12 December 2018
Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered
Essay

Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered

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

When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible

by Sara Brookner, Megan Simcox
30 August 2018
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? 

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.

the TCG National Conference 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri—Wednesday 13 June - Saturday 16 June 2018
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the TCG National Conference 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri—Wednesday 13 June - Saturday 16 June 2018

Theatre Communications Group (TCG)—the national organization for the American theatre—presented the TCG National Conference 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 13 June to Saturday 16 June 2018.

El Amor en Tiempos de Trump: Queer of Color Criticism and Performance Conference at Tufts University in Cambridge, MA—Friday 13 October 2017
Video

El Amor en Tiempos de Trump: Queer of Color Criticism and Performance Conference at Tufts University in Cambridge, MA—Friday 13 October 2017

Tufts University presented El Amor en Tiempos de Trump: Queer of Color Criticism and Performance Conference livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer producted HowlRound.TV network on Friday 13 October at 12:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 11:30 a.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco).

Chronic Theatremakers
Series

Chronic Theatremakers

A series of interviews with theatremakers who have chronic illnesses.

The Fashion Accessibility Project from the Epicenter Community and ArtsEmerson in Boston—Saturday 24 June 2017
Video

The Fashion Accessibility Project from the Epicenter Community and ArtsEmerson in Boston—Saturday 24 June 2017

Epicenter Community and ArtsEmerson presented the Fashion Accessibility Project livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound.TV network Saturday 24 June at 6:00 p.m. EDT (Boston) / 5:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3:00 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

A Performing Arts and Disability panel from the AXIS Dance Company Residency at Boston University—Monday 13 March 2017
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A Performing Arts and Disability panel from the AXIS Dance Company Residency at Boston University—Monday 13 March 2017

The AXIS Dance Company Residency at Boston University presented a Performing Arts and Disability: Leadership, Inclusion, and Training Symposium panel discussion featuring regional arts leaders and artists livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 13 March at 1:00 p.m. EDT (New York) / 12:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 10:00 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 17:00 GMT-UTC (London) / 18:00 CET (Berlin) / 19:00 EET (Bucharest).

The Kennedy Center’s 2016 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference in Pittsburgh—Wednesday 3 August and Saturday 6 August 2016
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The Kennedy Center’s 2016 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference in Pittsburgh—Wednesday 3 August and Saturday 6 August 2016

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.

ADA 25th Anniversary
Series

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.