Accessibility for Patrons and Visitors with Disabilities

The Public Theater strives to make its performances and facilities accessible to all our patrons. For additional information or if you have questions, need assistance, or an accommodation not mentioned below, please contact us at 212.967.7555 (voice) or accessibility@publictheater.org. To view a calendar of upcoming performances please click here

Blind or Low Vision Icon Information for Patrons and Visitors who are Blind or have Low Vision

The Public Theater is committed to providing accessible programs and services for all patrons with disabilities.

Audio Description Icon Audio Description

Audio description is scheduled for select Public Theater and Free Shakespeare in the Park performances throughout the year. Using a single earpiece connected to an FM headset, patrons who are blind or have low vision can listen to trained audio describers give live, verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery, and other visual elements of a performance. Audio describers start pre-show notes approximately 15 minutes before the performance begins. Tickets for events that will be offered with audio descriptions may be purchased by calling us at 212.967.7555, visiting our box office or online. Tickets may also be purchased by visiting our audio descriptions partner website TDF.org

Patrons who wish to listen to the description must pick up a headset. Headsets are distributed free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis from the entrance to all of our theaters by speaking to a House Manager, Ticket Taker or Host Staff before a scheduled audio described event.  

The Public Theater also offers audio description upon request. Requests to audio describe non-designated events must be received at least two weeks prior to the event by the Director of Audience Services at 212.967.7555 or accessibility@publictheater.org These requests are subject to the availability of a describer and are provided at the discretion of the management.

Click Here for a calendar of upcoming accessible performances, specifics about The Public Theater and our venues, and to learn more about Our Partners in Accessibility.

hearing icon Information for Patrons and Visitors who are Deaf or Have Hearing Loss

The Public Theater is committed to providing accessible programs and services for all patrons with disabilities.

Assisted Listening Device Icon Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) amplify and clarify sound by cutting down or eliminating ambient noise. FM radio assistive listening systems are installed in all of our theaters and headsets may be used at any seat. Headsets with induction neckloops are available for patrons who use hearing aids and cochlear implants with a "T" switch. Ask your audiologist whether your hearing aid or cochlear implant has a "T" switch (telecoil) and how to use it with an assistive listening headset.

Headsets are distributed 30 minutes prior to performances free-of-charge and on a first-come, first-served basis at the entrance to every venue at The Public by speaking to the House Manager, Ticket Taker or a member of the Host Staff at Joe's Pub. Patrons may acquire a headset at the Box Office of the Delacorte Theater for Free Shakespeare in the Park. 

American Sign Language Icon Sign Language Interpretation

Sign language interpretation is scheduled for select Delacorte Theater events throughout the summer. Search our calendar for a complete list of sign-interpreted performances, or contact us at 212.967.7555 for assistance.

Tickets in the sign-interpreted section can be obtained by visiting our sign language interpretation partner HandsOn.org, or if acquiring tickets through our free distribution points, by speaking to a member of our staff.  

The Public Theater also offers sign language interpretation upon request. Requests for sign language interpreters, cued speech transliterators, or oral interpreters for non-designated events must be received at least two weeks prior to the event by the Director of Audience Services at 212.967.7555 or accessibility@publictheater.org. These requests are subject to the availability of an interpreter and are provided at the discretion of the management.

Captioning Icon Captioning

Open-captioning is scheduled for select Public Theater events throughout the year. During these events, an experienced captioner scrolls up to three lines of text onto a four-foot-long LED sign in sync with the performance downtown at The Public.  Tickets in our open captioned sections may be purchased on our website by selecting a seat that has been designated as Open Caption accessible, by visiting our box office or by contacting our captioning partner TDF.org.

The Public Theater also offers  captioning upon request. Requests to caption non-designated events must be received at least two weeks prior to the event by the Director of Audience Services at 212.967.7555 or accessibility@publictheater.org. These requests are subject to the availability of a captioner and are provided at the discretion of the management.

Click Here for a calendar of upcoming accessible performances, specifics about The Public Theater and our venues, and to learn more about Our Partners in Accessibility.

Wheelchair Accessibility Icon Information for Patrons and Visitors with Mobility Disabilities

The Public Theater strives to make its performances and facilities accessible to all our patrons. 

Wheelchair Accessibility Icon Accessible Entrances

At The Public Theater all entrances to the building, theaters, Joe's Pub and The Library are accessible. Elevators operate between the lobby, mezzanine, 2nd Floor and 3rd Floor on both the North and South sides of the building. An elevator also operates within the Newman Theater to access wheelchair seating locations. 

Wheelchair Accessibility Icon Accessible Seating

All theaters have wheelchair- and scooter-accessible locations where patrons can remain in their wheelchairs or transfer to theater seats. Patrons who cannot or do not wish to transfer from their wheelchairs to a theater seat should request wheelchair-accessible locations when ordering tickets. 

Wheelchair accessible seating may be purchased by phone, in person, and online. For personal assistance selecting accessible seats or for more information about accessibility for a person with a disability, please call us at 212.967.7555 or email us at accessibility@publictheater.org.

Accessible Restrooms Icon Accessible Restrooms 

All public restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Companion care restrooms are available upon request by speaking to a member of our staff. 

Click Here for a calendar of upcoming accessible performances, specifics about The Public Theater and our venues, and to learn more about Our Partners in Accessibility.