At SCT, we strive to make theatre accessible for every child, no matter what. We have performances specially modified for sensory needs, ASL interpreted performances, and audio described shows. We are committed to making live theatre a magical adventure for every child and family!
Social Stories for Social Distancing
We at SCT understand that these uncertain times can be even more difficult for students with autism and other disabilities and their families. Our Sensory Drama Specialist Maddie Napel has created Social Stories to help demystify the new social reality caused by the spread of COVID-19. These videos are not a traditional Social Story, but try and help alleviate anxiety for folks with autism and other disabilities.
Wheelchair and Limited Mobility Access
Both theatres at SCT are accessible to patrons in wheelchairs and with limited mobility. The accessible entrance to both theatres is through the main doors of the Charlotte Martin Theatre Lobby, to the left of our Ticket Office. If you are in need of special accommodations, please call our ticket office at 206.441.3322 and our House Management staff will assist you day of the show to make sure your whole family is seated together. There are wheelchair accessible bathrooms located between both theatres and one gender-inclusive, single stall restroom in the upper lobby of the Charlotte Martin Theatre available for use.
Patrons are free to park temporarily in the loading zone on 2nd Ave North while exiting your vehicle. Handicap street parking spots available for all of Seattle Center use are located on 2nd Ave in front of Sacred Heart Church.
A hearing loop has been installed in both theatres and both Cry Rooms. Hearing aid, cochlear implant, and BAHA (Bone Attached Hearing Appliance) wearers can switch their hearing devices to “T-Coil” mode and hear the sound from performances directly in their hearing devices. Should you have issues the day of the show connecting to the hearing loop, please let the House Management staff know and they can assist you. Both theatres also have hearing loop receivers with headsets. If you would like to use one of these headsets please contact the Ticket Office at 206.441.3322.
American Sign Language Interpreted Performances
Each show in our Mainstage Season has at least one American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performance. Our ASL interpreted performances feature skilled, professional interpreters. A special reserved seating area in the theatre allows Deaf and HoH patrons a great view of both the interpreters and the stage.
Audio Described Performances
Audio Description (AD) is a narration service that describes the visual aspects of theatre and seeks to make the visual an auditory experience, with the goal of helping visually impaired audience members share in the experience of live theatre more fully. At SCT, our Audio Described performances are narrated in real time, using concise, objective descriptions to depict new scenes, settings, costumes, body language, and sight gags.
Sensory Friendly Performances
We are excited to share this special performance series specially modified for children and families with sensory needs. A very important part of our mission at SCT is to provide children of all ages access to world-class, professional theatre. Each show in our Mainstage Season has a Relaxed or Sensory-Friendly Performance that incorporates special modifications to accommodate audiences with sensory needs.
SCT’s accessible performances are generously sponsored by the Liberty Mutual Foundation, Safeco Insurance Fund.