NCT strives to make its performances and facilities accessible to all. In addition to physical accessibility, the following program enhancements are provided.
All main-stage performances at NCT are Sensory Friendly
What supports are in the Sensory Room?
NCT welcomes everyone to our performances, but we know that some families hesitate to bring their family members to live theatre without knowing how they might react. The Neuro-Inclusive Performances are designed to be a safe and accepting environment where patrons with disabilities or sensory sensitivities and their typically developing peers are free to speak and move in reaction to the story being told onstage.
Neuro-Inclusive dates for public performances are:
► We understand, some days are not the best days for everyone. For patrons attending Neuro-Inclusive performances, free “Try It Again” passes are available for patrons who may need to reschedule to a different performance date of the same show. These passes allow for families to have less stress about “making it work” during Neuro-Inclusive performances, and can be picked up at the box office. “Try It Again” passes are non-transferable, will only be honored for a different date of the same show, and only for the number of patrons that attended the Neuro-Inclusive performance.
► Social stories for each performance are available on our website approximately two weeks prior to the performance date.
► During the performance, a sensory guide will raise a glow wand when something abrupt or startling is about to occur. When choosing your seats, be aware that the sensory guide is usually positioned in front of the stage, house left.
Social stories can be found below to help navigate our Productions and Field Trips. A Social Story is a tool to help improve a person’s understanding of expectations during an unfamiliar event and were originally designed to support individuals who are neurodiverse. However, this can be a useful tool for any student who is unsure about what to expect from a new experience. We share these resources to make NCT productions inclusive for ALL patrons.
ASL Sign-interpreted Performances
NCT offers professionally sign-interpreted performances for all of its mainstage productions.
Interpreted dates for public performances are:
When choosing your seats, be aware that the interpreter is usually positioned in front of the stage, house left. Interpreted dates for student matinees are available by calling the reservations manager at 615-252-4662.
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive Listening Devices are available free of charge for patrons who would benefit from additional audio amplification. These devices may be checked-out from our box office in exchange for a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID, which will be returned upon return of the device.
Our Assistive Listening System allows for users to hear an amplified, live sound feed of our productions. Receivers are worn lanyard-style. Users may choose between a clip-on ear-speaker (which fits around either ear) or, for those who have T-Coil enabled hearing aids, a Neckloop which transmits directly into their T-Coil.
You may reserve a courtesy wheelchair for your visit by calling the box office at 615-252-4675.
Alternate Format Programs
Large Print Show Programs are available at the box office for each performance upon request. Electronic Programs are available by emailing Bob Roberts, our Front of House Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, to arrange assistance, or to request accommodation, please contact a Patron Sales Associate at 615-252-4675. NCT has accessible parking, entrances, seating, and restrooms.
NCT is pleased to offer our Family Access Membership (FAM) which provides financial assistance for camp and class tuition, and for tickets to our shows.
Nashville Children’s Theatre is the city’s theatre- a place of and for the community we celebrate, aiming to be a safe and brave space for all. Because we acknowledge EVERY young person’s creative and personal potential as well as practice mutual RESPECT, our institution is dedicated to Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility. We will further establish internal organizational systems, processes, structures, and an equitable culture so all feel welcome. We are devoted to anti-racism because it is our mission to reflect our beloved, evolving community and we fervently believe EVERYONE HAS A STORY.
Where we are…
Where we are headed…
In addition to sharing these commitments on our website, we will review our progress on an annual basis, publishing it in our Annual Report.
Nashville Children’s Theatre will continue to exceed the minimum requirements for health safety and maintain our protocols a little while longer, for both the health and safety of our workers and audiences.
Though we do not require (and have never required) our patrons to show proof of vaccination or negative Covid tests to attend our performances, all of NCT’s staff, artists, and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated.
Below are NCT’s current Covid safety policies:
(these are subject to change as we monitor the ongoing circumstances in and around Davidson County)