ADA 25 FOR 25 CULTURAL ACCESS PROJECT
Writers Theatre would like to begin regularly providing open captioning at their performances for audience members who are deaf or have hearing loss. While they do not currently have the equipment, they intend to purchase or borrow TV screens and utilize a PowerPoint set-up in order to provide a pilot open captioned performance of their current production, The Diary of Anne Frank. This open captioned performance has been scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at 4:00pm.
Great care has been taken to provide two open caption screens for this production in order to provide the best possible experience for audience members utilizing open captions. To accomplish this, Writers has included the individual requesting the service in the screen placement decision process to provide their recommendations. This Open Captioned performance will be marketed through the North Shore Chapter of the HLAA, on the Writers Theatre website, in email blasts, in printed marketing materials whenever possible, and will be added to the League of Chicago Theatre’s Access Calendar.
The Open Captioning service will be scheduled on a request-only basis for the final production of the current season, although this service will be scheduled in advanced for next season. Potential dates have already been identified and the Audience Services and Marketing Departments are working together to identify ways in which to promote the programming to the public. Writers has begun discussions with their Artistic department to begin including potential caption screen placement as a part of the design process for each production which will help to provide the best experience possible for audience members utilizing the Open Captioning service. The Box Office and Sales Manager are overseeing the effort.
ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES
Writers Theatre is initiating a similar process for ASL Interpreted performances, which will follow the same timeline. This will help inform them of the necessary steps to begin offering additional access programming in the future such as audio description and touch tours.
For accommodations information, please contact Mike Shaw at 847-242-6013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodations available at Writers Theatre include:
• Accessible parking
• Accessible entrances to each theatre venue
• Wheelchair accessible seating
• Assistive Listening Devices
• Large Format programs upon request with advance notice
• Braille programs upon request with advance notice
• Access to copies of scripts in advance of attendance
• ASL Interpretation
• Open Captioning
ABOUT WRITERS THEATRE
Founded in 1992, Writers Theatre explores productions in which the word on the page and the artists who bring it to life hold primary importance. Central to this mission are three objectives: valuing text, creating deliberately intimate performances, and remaining at the industry forefront of artist compensation.