TDF Autism Friendly Performances

Audience-thrilling. Autism-friendly.

TDF Autism Friendly Performances present Broadway musicals and plays in a friendly, supportive environment for children and adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues and their families and friends. Since 2011, TDF has presented more than 15 autism-friendly shows on Broadway, starting with Disney's landmark musical The Lion King.

Some of the many autism-friendly performances on Broadway since then include Mary Poppins, Spider-Man, Wicked, Matilda, Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin and more. TDF's autism-friendly performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was the first autism-friendly performance of a non-musical in Broadway history.

Beyond Broadway, TDF' works with theatres across the country as part of its National Autism Friendly Performances to help create environments that are accessible to all.

Upcoming autism-friendly shows for the 2018-2019 season:

What makes a performance autism-friendly?

Slight adjustments to the production are made, including reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe and spot lights that shine into the audience. House lights are faintly dimmed but remain on. TDF works closely with professionals in the field and with consultants on the autism spectrum to make each show accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

TDF creates resources for each production that help prepare audience members for a day at the theatre. A team of volunteers and autism specialists are available throughout the theatre. Break areas are available to anyone who may need to leave their seats during the performance.

TDF Autism Friendly Performances are funded in part by:

The Theodore H. Barth Foundation; Helene Berger Foundation; Al Berr; The Bulova Stetson Fund; Dylandale Foundation; The FAR Fund; The Joseph H. Flom Foundation; The Friars Foundation; Harry S. Black and Allon Fuller Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; Joseph Gordon; Debra Hazelwood; McGraw Hill Financial; New York Collaborates for Autism from the proceeds of Comedy Central's 2015 Night of Too Many Stars; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; The SAP Charitable Fund; Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation; Seventh District Foundation; The Taft Foundation; and TJX Companies.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

If you too would like to support the work of the Autism Friendly Performances, please make a donation.

We can make no assurances that these performances will be suitable for everyone with autism. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their child’s viewing and engagement with these performances.