TDF is thrilled to host an accessibility symposium this spring to facilitate a dialogue with non-profit theatres in New York City on meeting the needs of the community. This event is made possible through funding from the Department of Cultural Affairs.
TDF Access for NYC Theatre’s primary focus will be on helping theatres achieve sustainability in providing access for the long term rather than easy solutions for an individual performance that requires accommodation. The aim will be to implement ongoing services for people with hearing and vision loss as well as individuals on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities, rather than assisting facilities with building design for mobility access.
In addition, TDF is accepting letters of inquiry through June 30, 2017 from not-for-profit theatres in New York City that are seeking to purchase their own accessibility equipment for audio description and/or open captioning. These grants are intended to help theatres increase their audiences of people with hearing and vision loss and create sustainable accessibility programs. Find out more information below!
Symposium on Accessibility
Non-profit theatre owners and managers are invited to join TDF for a day-long presentation on accessibility best practices with guest speakers from across the country. These leaders in the field will bring to you their years of experience and knowledge to help guide you on your journey toward maintaining inclusive theatre policies.
Monday, April 24th, 2017
10:30 am- 4:30 pm
Registration begins at 9:30 am
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
The Pershing Square Signature Center
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10063
Topics covered will include ADA Ticketing, Sustainable Audio Description Programs, and looking at all of your Captioning options.
Confirmed Speakers include:
- Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- Evan Hatfield, Director of Audience Experience, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
- Mark Annunziato,VP of Engineering and Operations, Sound Associates
- JW Guido, Artistic Director, NY Deaf Theatre
- Andrea Day, NYC and National Audio Describer
- Ruth Feldman, Senior Writer and Audio Description Trainer, Audio Description Solutions
- David Chu, Co-Founder, c2 (caption coalition) inc
- Erica Foster, Operations Director/Accessibility Coordinator, Lifeline Theatre
* Additionally there will be a special address from Commissioner Victor Calise from the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.
Apply for a TDF Theatre Access Consortium Equipment Grant
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (212) 912-9770.