VICTORY GARDENS THEATER ACCESS PROJECT
The Access Project is an innovative and inclusive theatrical model that grants people who identify as disabled with theatrical opportunities both on and off the stage. Inspired by the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, Access Project plans to roll out three new programs: Access Night, the Resident Theatre Program, and a new performance series led by artists with disabilities.
The inaugural Access Night was hosted on August 17th in partnership with The League of Chicago Theatres in order to improve accessibility services at cultural institutions across the city of Chicago. Through hands-on workshops and interactive panel discussion, audience service staffs from across the city gained first-hand knowledge pertaining to services, appropriate language, and implementation when servicing patrons with disabilities.
RESIDENT THEATRE PROGRAM
The Resident Theatre Program is an initiative that brings theatre companies with little to no physical accessibility into the Victory Gardens facility to produce a one-night only performance with the addition of Victory Gardens Theater's accessibility equipment: open captioning, audio description, a touch tour, and a physically accessible performance space.
Finally, the Access Project will curate a performance series showcasting artists within the disability community with the help of University of Illinois at Chicago's Bodies of Work. The series' aim is to illuminate the disability experience while featuring a variety local, national, and international artists.
Victory Gardens offers free Über rides for patrons with disabilities on all Access performance nights. More information can be found by clicking here.
Accommodations available at Victory Gardens Theater include:
• Accessible front entrance
• Accessible bathrooms
• Elevator access
• Assistive Listening Devices
• Large print programs
• Braille cards
• Touch tours
• Audio Description
• ASL Interpretation
ABOUT VICTORY GARDENS THEATER
Victory Gardens Theater’s Access Project is a nationally recognized model outreach effort designed to involve people with disabilities in all aspects of theater, both on and off the stage. Originally started at Remains Theatre in 1992, it transferred to Victory Gardens in 1995. In 2008 Victory Gardens received the MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence and Innovation in Arts Access, and in 2009 was named Most Accessible Theater by the members of Deaf Illinois. The program is built to provide services and programming for patrons and artists that identify as disabled throughout the city of Chicago.