Access Project

Now in its 17th year, the 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.

In 2008 Victory Gardens received the MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence and Innovation in Arts Access, and in 2009 we were named Most Accessible Theater by the members of Deaf Illinois.

In addition to the services listed below Victory Gardens Access Project includes:

  • Artist Development Workshops, which teach the art of playwriting and performance to individuals with and without disabilities.
  • Play Development Opportunities for original works dealing with disability issues or written by playwrights who have disabilities.
  • Crip Slam, a series of performances, readings, movies and other events that promote, explore and celebrate disability culture.
  • If you are looking for specific dates for Access services, check the individual production page for the show you’d like to see, and click on the “Access” tab.

We are pleased to offer the following services for our patrons

  • Accessible Seating: If you require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any hearing, visual or other needs, please let us know how we may assist you with your ticket order when you contact us. If you have a service dog please let us know in advance so that we can make sure you and your canine companion have the best experience possible.
  • Assisted Listening Devices: In both of our performance spaces we provide assisted listening devices. In the Zacek McVay Theater we utilize the Sennheiser infra-red Personal Listening System. In the Richard Christiansen Theater we use the Listen FM Personal Listening System. The systems provide amplification on lightweight wireless headsets and features the ability to adjust for specific hearing needs. Please contact the House Manager to receive a headset. A form of identification is required as a deposit. This system is available free of charge.
  • Audio Description: This service allows blind and visually impaired patrons to hear a description of the visual elements taking place on stage. Listeners will hear a description of actions, body language, lights, costumes, scenery and other aspects of the production not conveyed by voices and sounds from the stage. This service is available for specific performance.
  • Touch Tours: Available one hour and a half before each Audio Described performance. Touch Tours are one hour artistic conversations and tactile explorations of costumes, props and set pieces for patrons who are blind or low vision. Please make reservations for the Touch Tour when you order your tickets.

Braille Programs

  • Braille Programs: Are available at the Box Office. Subscribers may reserve these on their performance date by calling the Box Office.
  • Large Print Programs: Are available at the Box Office. Subscribers may reserve these on their performance date by calling the Box Office.
  • Sign Language Interpretation: Sign Language interpreters enable patrons who are deaf to perceive spoken theatrical content. Interpreting provided by Deaf Communication by Innovation Raymond Rodgers, Sign Master.
  • Word for Word Captioning: Victory Gardens offers word for word captioning for select performances. At captioned performances, electronic text is displayed on the side of the stage showing what the actors are saying and describes sound effects on stage.

Press Coverage

Please learn more about the Access Project below:

  • The Unabridged Experience Services help disabled theater-goers get the full experience. Read More
  • Artful disabilities act Professor expands the perception of people with disabilities in arts and culture. Read More

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