Open Captioning Debuts at City Theatre

posted by Kristen Link,  Director of Education

One of City Theatre’s missions as a not-for-profit arts organization is to make high quality theatrical experiences available to all people with and without disabilities. In 2005, we initiated our Audio Description program which allows blind and visually-impaired patrons to enjoy the show while listening to a describer narrate the action live on stage. Since that time, City Theatre has not only offered audio-described performances for all of our productions, but has also shared the equipment with other arts organizations to use.

Now, with the generous help of Pennsylvania VSA, we are very proud to offer the deaf and hearing-impaired community Open Captioning services for each of our productions. Additionally, as a part of this new access initiative, VSA Pennsylvania and City Theatre intend to train other performing arts organizations on how to offer open captioned performances at their venues in early 2011.

City Theatre will have its first open captioned performance on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 for our production of The Morini Strad by Willy Holtzman. During this performance, all dialogue and sound effects will be presented in real-time on a three-foot-long LED screen that is adjacent to the stage.

 Open Captioned performance dates for the remainder of the season will be announced soon.

An example of an open-captioned performance of TWELFTH NIGHT in Central Park in 2009.

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