Making the Arts Accessible
Overture Center for the Arts strives to go the extra mile to create extraordinary artistic experiences for all members of our community. We will do everything we can to accommodate your particular needs to ensure your experience here is unforgettable.
But we need your help!
The more proactive you are, the better we are able to meet your needs. Many of our services take time to arrange — interpreters need to be hired, ASL scripts secured and reviewed, Braille programs ordered and produced. The sooner you can alert us to your needs, the better.
We recommend that you buy tickets in advance and let us know at that time what you’ll need. If you need…
- Sign language interpreter, let us know four weeks in advance
- Braille programs, let us know six weeks in advance
- Assistive listening device, let us know one hour in advance
- House wheelchair, let us know one hour in advance
- Audio description reader, let us know when you buy your tickets.
Please call the special assistance line at 608.258.4452 to order tickets and request accommodations. You may also purchase wheelchair accessible seating online by selecting seats designated with special icons. Those special accommodations may include:
- Wheelchair seating
- House wheelchair for transport
- Transfer seating
- Seating access without stairs
- Seats close to the front of the house, if you have a visual or hearing impairment
- Braille programs for Broadway at Overture and Overture Presents events
- Sign language interpretation
- Assistive listening device
- Seating to accommodate a service animal
Assistive Listening Devices
Overture Center offers assistive listening devices for audio amplification in all performance venues. These devices are provided to amplify and improve your enjoyment of the performance. However, we cannot guarantee that every patron will have perfect clarity.
Audio Description Devices
Overture Center offers audio description devices to provide scenery and movement narrative for the visually impaired in all performance venues. Dedicated receivers with headphones will be made available to users.
Our sensory kits are intended to make Overture a more welcoming place and provide sensory feedback to help with focus and self-regulation. Our sensory kits include:
- Noise-filtering head sets
- Assorted fidgets
- Weighted lap mat
Sensory kits can be picked up at the coat check.
Accessibility around the building
Overture Center offers wheelchair and easy-access seating in all venues, as well as accessible routes throughout the building.
The Information Desk is located in the Rotunda and staffed for all Overture Center sponsored events. Information on accessibility and services, as well as assistive listening devices, large-print programs and house wheelchairs may also be obtained there.
Public entrances to Overture Center are equipped with power doors. Curbside drop-off is available at Fairchild Street and Henry Street entrances of Overture Center.
Accessible restroom facilities are located on all levels of the facility, and all seven family assist restrooms have power doors.
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