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

Livestreaming Praxis Sessions for Virtual Collaboration: Cripping Practice
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Livestreaming Praxis Sessions for Virtual Collaboration: Cripping Practice

hosted by Unsettling Dramaturgy: Crip & Indigenous Dramaturgies ​​​​​​

Friday 10 April 2020
United States
Redefining “Radical” In Terms of How We Support Parents
Essay

Redefining “Radical” In Terms of How We Support Parents

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

When the World Isn’t Made for Your Body

How Interconnected Access Benefits Multiple Communities

by Sally Lobel
1 December 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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.

Chronic Theatremakers
Series

Chronic Theatremakers

A series of interviews with theatremakers who have chronic illnesses.

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.