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.
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.
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.
Twelfth Night at The Delacorte Theater
From the early 18th century to 1952, sign language was the shared language of part of Martha’s Vineyard. This was an inclusive community with a communal language used by all, hearing and Deaf alike. Our imagining of Illyria – the magical city of Twelfth Night - draws inspiration from here. In Illyria we welcome communication in any form: through song, dance, sign, gesture, speech. We celebrate our diversity, embrace our differences and strive for inclusion.
The Public Theater is proud to offer additional ASL interpreted performances for Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater, to view a calendar of additional dates to be interpreted by our Community Volunteer Interpreters please click here.
A limited number of tickets will be made available for these performances and can be acquired through our ADA Accessible Line in Central Park and by speaking to a member of our staff at our Downtown Lottery and Borough Distributions on the dates listed on the calendar.
These additional opportunuites are made possible by the generous support of Brandon Kazen-Maddox, Justine Rivera, and Jamie Rose Hays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. These requests are subject to the availability of an interpreter and are provided at the discretion of the management.
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 email@example.com. These requests are subject to the availability of a captioner and are provided at the discretion of the management.
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