Hearing Loss

Helping people with hearing loss enjoy theatre


TDF strives to eliminate barriers to attendance for all audiences, including people who are hard of hearing or deaf. For theatregoers who are hard of hearing or deaf, TDF Accessibility Programs provides open captioning and/or American Sign Language (ASL) at select Broadway performances. Learn more about these services and how if you are eligible below.


Who's Eligible?


There is no annual fee, but you must provide proof of eligibility in order to take advantage of our hearing loss program. Anyone who may benefit from open captioning or sign language interpreting services as the result of a documented physical limitation is eligible to apply for TDF Accessibility Membership.

Services available to TDF Accessibility Members with hearing loss


Open Captioning at Select Performances

For patrons with slight to profound hearing loss, TDF provides open caption (OC) services at select performances. During open captioned performances, an electronic text display is positioned to the side of the stage, which shows what the actors are saying or singing and describes sound effects on stage. Patrons are placed in select seats near the open caption board to ensure they can see both the stage and the caption board during the performance. You can find a list of currently scheduled OC performances can be found here. Please note, you must be a TDF Accessibility Programs member to purchase tickets.

Sign Language Interpreting at Select Performances

For theatregoers who are Deaf and use American Sign Language as their primary means of communication, we provide a team of experienced theatre interpreters who stand to the side of the stage and translate what the actors are saying or singing into American Sign Language (ASL). Once you are a member you will be notified of when select performances will take place.

Learn more about what goes into planning an ASL interpreted performance:


TICKETS WILL BE MAILED, OR IF THE OFFER IS FOR E-TICKETS, YOU WILL BE INSTRUCTED TO PICK YOUR TICKETS UP AT THE BOX OFFICE.

 

Additional Services for the members with hearing loss


TDF Accessibility Program for Students

We reach out to school groups of young theatregoers who are Deaf or have hearing loss, providing in-class workshops, and sending them to  simultaneously interpreted and open-captioned performances of Broadway shows. Learn more about our student program.

National Open Captioning Training Program

TDF offers a limited number of two-year regional theatre partnerships to sponsor open-captioned performances and increase attendance by people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Learn more about TDF's national training program.

TDF Accessibility Grants for New York Cultural Organizations

TDF Accessibility Programs offers grants designed to add open captioning services to events that are being made available to the public in New York State. Learn more about grants you may be eligible to receive.