The Alliance for the Arts received a grant from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to provide improved theatre accessibility for persons with visual or hearing impairment. This project includes wheelchair accessibility, amplified audio and audio described performances.
“Our senses of hearing and sight connect us to people, the arts, music, theatre and our environment,” says Director of Operations and Education Brandi Couse. “It is at the heart of the Alliance for the Arts’ mission to do what we can to make art accessible to all, no matter what the need.”
The Alliance for the Arts theatre is fully wheelchair accessible. Accessible seats are available for each performance; please inform the box office at the time of purchase about any special needs.
Amplified Audio Devices
The Alliance will offer patrons amplified audio devices for every production. Please call to reserve assisted listening devices. Devices are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Audio Described Performances
For theatregoers who are blind, or have moderate to severe vision loss, the Alliance will provide a specially trained describer who verbalizes what’s happening on stage during pauses in dialogue. The describer uses a headset microphone, while individuals using the service listen through a receiver with a single earpiece. Reservation of headsets is required prior to the show.
If you love the theatre, have a pleasant speaking voice, and want to contribute to this project and have some time to volunteer as an audio describer, please contact Brandi Couse at email@example.com or 239-939-2787.
To learn more, call 239-939-2787 or visit www.ArtInLee.org/Access.