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 18 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.

The 2020-2021 Season:

The Magic of Kevin Spencer: Virtual Magic Show, Sunday October 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.

The Magic of Kevin Spencer: Virtual Magic Camp, Saturday October 10, 2020 at 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

Santa and Little B: Zoom for the Holidays, Sunday December 13, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. & Sunday December 20, 2020 at 1 p.m.

Memphis Performance Workshop, Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1 p.m. & Memphis Performance Discussion, Sunday, February 28 at 1 p.m. 

Little B’s Big Idea, Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 1 p.m.

The Sound of Music Workshop with CO/LAB, Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 1 p.m. & The Sound of Music Discussion, Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 1 p.m. 

The Magic of Kevin Spencer: Virtual Magic Show, Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.

The Magic of Kevin Spencer: Virtual Magic Workshop, Saturday, May 8, 2021, various times

The Lion King: Movement, Music and Masks, Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 1 p.m.

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:

Darlene & Stuart Altschuler; The Theodore H. Barth Foundation; Helene and Ilene Berger; The FAR Fund; The Joseph H. Flom Foundation; Harry S. Black and Allon Fuller Fund, NEXT for AUTISM from the proceeds of Night of Too Many Stars; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation; Seventh District Foundation;  and The Taft Foundation.

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.