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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Opening the Screen on “Live Video Theatre”
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Opening the Screen on “Live Video Theatre”

by Peter J. Kuo
10 June 2020
Reaching One Audience Member at a Time
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Reaching One Audience Member at a Time

by j. sebastián alberdi, Rosalind Bevan, Charles Haugland, Melinda Lopez, Melory Mirashrafi
18 May 2020
Mass Cultural Council’s Universal Participation (UP) Award (ASL-interpreted)
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Mass Cultural Council’s Universal Participation (UP) Award (ASL-interpreted)

Celebrating excellence in access and inclusion throughout the Commonwealth’s cultural sector

Monday 1 June to Friday 5 June 2020
Massachusetts
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From the World Theatre Map
The Fashion Accessibility Project from the Epicenter Community
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The Fashion Accessibility Project from the Epicenter Community

Saturday 24 June 2017
Boston, MA, United States

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).

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.

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

Monday 13 March 2017
Boston, MA, United States

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).

Theatre-ing While Disabled
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Theatre-ing While Disabled

Intern Edition

26 February 2017

Kate Langsdorf writes about why she never took an unpaid internship.

Challenging Perspectives on Auditions for the Differently Abled
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Challenging Perspectives on Auditions for the Differently Abled

20 November 2016

Aaron Sawyer and Sidney T. Smith write about Unified Access Auditions at Red Theater in Chicago, IL.

Party Planning
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Party Planning

The Jubilee Answers Questions, Gives Advice, and Asks for Help

14 November 2016

One year into organizing, the Committee of the Jubilee reports out on progress, answers common questions, and re-extends an invitation to the American Theatre to join the year-long nationwide festival of 2020.

Invisible Disability
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Invisible Disability

Are You Okay? The Best Accommodation Out There

7 November 2016

Ricky Young-Howze writes about one of the simplest ways staff members can make the theatre an accessible and welcoming environment to people of all abilities.

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.