A! Magazine for the Arts

Barter Players provide options

February 24, 2020

The Barter Players make theater more accessible to all audience members through sensory friendly performances. At these performances slight adjustments are made, including the reduction of any jarring sounds or extreme lights, and house lights that remain on a low level. These performances are “shush-free,” which means that audience members are welcome to talk, make sound and walk around as they need to enjoy the show.

Sensory supports such as earplugs, fidgets and an activity area are available. There is a designated quiet area in the Barter lounge, and a video monitor with a digital feed is in the lobby.

Therapeutic devices can be used during these performances, including iPads and smartphones. Parents can also bring comfort devices such as seat cushions, headphones and any other supports.

Barter staff work closely with professional consultants, including the TDF National Autism Friendly Performance Training Program, to make these shows accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Visit www.bartertheatre.com for more information about sensory performances and a list of frequently asked questions.