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The Public Theater strives to make its performances, digital content, website, and facilities accessible to all people.  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 [email protected].


The Public Theater partners with the following organizations to offer Live and Recorded Audio Descriptions, Open Captions, Closed Captions, American Sign Language interpretations, and direct access to seating for our productions at The Public and The Delacorte Theater.

ACCESS Broadway NY

ACCESS Broadway NY’s was founded in 2021 by a network of Disabled creatives from all corners of the Theatre industry who were responding to the need for new solutions for accessible programming in the theatre industry. We decided to become a group resource available to venues throughout the country helping to create and advise institutions on their Accessible programming and policies. To date we have worked with the Broadway League, Playbill, regional theaters, off-Broadway and Broadway venues as well as educational institutions on how to become intentionally accessible. When it comes to Inclusion we have found that working with a company led by Disabled people makes all the difference, we want to give each venue a comprehensive look at inclusion from the people it directly affects. We are proud to partner with The Public Theater to provide Closed Captioning and Recorded Audio Description services for this year’s Free Shakespeare in the Park Season.

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Hands On is a non-profit arts service organization whose mission is to provide access to New York’s vibrant arts and cultural mainstream for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities. Hands On has coordinated interpreted performances at the Delacorte Theatre since 1984, making possible access for thousands of Deaf and hard of hearing audiences to one of New York’s most iconic and exciting summer events. In the Fall of 2018, The Public initiated interpreted programs at our Flagship home on Astor Place with the leadership of Hands On for MOTHER OF THE MAID. Since then, our ASL offerings have significantly expanded across all our venues and productions. 

Hands On assists The Public in contracting Directors of American Sign Langauge, American Sign Language Interpreters, and other advisors for our productions. Hands On also assists The Public in connecting with members of the Deaf and hard of hearing communities by offering discounted and free tickets for ASL Interpreted performances.

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TDF Accessibility Programs (TAP) is an accessibility department within TDF, a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts. Since 1979, TAP has sought to make theatre accessible, enjoyable, and affordable to people with disabilities. The TAP audience is comprised of individuals of all ages who are hard of hearing, deaf, partially sighted, blind and on the autism spectrum, as well as people, who for medical reasons, cannot climb stairs, require aisle seating, or use wheelchairs. TAP services include open captioned, sign language interpreted, audio described, and autism friendly performances. 

TDF assists The Public in contracting Audio Describers, and other advisors for our productions. TDF also assists The Public in connecting with members of the Deaf and hard of hearing and blind and low vision communities by offering discounted and free tickets for Open Captioned and Audio Described performances.

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YAI and its network of affiliate agencies offer children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities a comprehensive range of services. YAI is committed to seeing beyond disability, providing opportunities for people to live, love work, and learn in their communities.

Founded in 1957 as the Young Adult Institue, YAI remains at the forefront of an extraordinary movement aimed at empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  YAI has assumed responsibility for those originally served by the HAI organization and assisting those with disabilities in acquiring ADA Accessible tickets for Free Shakespeare in the Park.

If you are interested in reserving a ticket for yourself and one guest please contact:  by email:  [email protected] by phone:  347.701.3114