Hearing Enchancement units are available at the Bean-Brown Theatre on a first-come-first-served basis for no charge and may be picked up at the Ticket Office starting 30 minutes prior to curtain. These units come equipped with an ear bud for one ear and have adjustable volume control. The units have a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, however, so if you would prefer to bring your own headphones, you are welcome to do so.
The Bean-Brown Theatre is equipped with accessible seating for persons with disabilities. The theatre contains both wheelchair bays and accessible seats with armrests that flip up to allow patrons to easily transfer into a standard theatre seat. Please ask for accessible seating when purchasing your tickets and plan to arrive at the theatre at least 30 minutes prior to curtain time so our House Manager or Ushers may assist you.
Sensory Viewing Room
For our patrons with sensory and cognitive sensitivities, Theatre Tuscaloosa provides a viewing room detached from the theatre's house that will allow users to continue watching and/or listening to the performance away from other patrons. This space is limited, but open to any guests at any point during the show. Our ticket office staff, House Manager, or Ushers will be happy to assist you.
Theatre Tuscaloosa is committed to making our theatre and programs as accessibile as possible to all members of our community. We know there is still a lot to learn, though, so we want to hear from you! Let us know if there is something you'd like to see us address, if there's something we can be doing better, or if you have experienced any trouble during your interactions with our staff, volunteers, or our website. You can contact our Accessibility Coordinator, Kiera Gillock, directly by filling out the form below, or by calling 205.391.2453.
We look forward to speaking with you!
What We Are Working On
ASL Interpreted Performances - For those with low- to no hearing, and who use sign language, Theatre Tuscaloosa is currently building a season where each show will include one performance that will be accompanied by professional American Sign Language interpretors. Be on the lookout for these performances coming in our 2021-2022 season!
Open-Captioning - For those with low- to no hearing, those who are learning English, and those who like extra clarification, Theatre Tuscaloosa is exploring options for creating performances which include Open-Captioning, where spoken dialogue is presented in text form for the audience to read along with the performance.
Tactile Tours - For those with low- to no vision or those with developmental or communication difficulties, Theatre Tuscaloosa is in the process of learning how to add Tactile Tours to our performances. These tours will aim to bring audience members on to the stage to gain an up-close understanding of some of the key elements they will witness during the performance. Since we want to ensure we provide the best service possible, as well as taking the safety of our performers and audience members into consideration, we are in the process of learning how to best bring these tours to our programming. Be on the lookout for Tactile Tours to be added to our 2021-22 season!
This guide is designed for patrons with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. The guide will be available to view prior to attending the performance so that patrons will be able to have a better idea of what to expect from the show, including any loud noises, smells caused by effects, or bright/flashing lights that may be incorporated into the show.