Inclusivity and Accessibility at NCT

Accessibility at Performances

Performances for Everyone

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

 

At the rear of NCT’s main auditorium, patrons of all ages can utilize the tools in the Sensory Room to regulate their minds and bodies. And they can do this while still being able to see and hear the performance.

What supports are in the Sensory Room?

  • Proprioceptive, Vestibular, and Physical Regulators
    • Adult-Graded Trampoline
    • Stepping Trail “Obstacle Course”
    • Push Walls
    • Sensory Stop Guided Activities
    • Weighted Blankets

  • Visual Regulators
    • Light levels can be adjusted
    • Blackout Room with lasers and soothing lights
    • Bubble tube
    • Books
    • Bubble timers

  • Auditory Regulators
    • Show Sound-Levels can be adjusted
    • YOTO Audio Player with relaxation, mindfulness, and story cards
    • Noise-canceling headphones
 
  • Tactile & Kinesthetic Regulators
    • Create Your Own Fidget Station
    • Tactile Sensory Pads
    • Liquid mats
    • Bubble timers
    • Touch and feel books
    • Fabric marble maze
    • “Sequin-flipping” objects
    • Learning tree

  • Emotional/Mindfulness Regulators
    • Spot of Emotion books
    • Breathe Like a Bear book

  • Other Supports/Cleanliness
    • Markers, coloring sheets, mazes, word searches
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Disinfectant wipes
    • Earphone sanitary covers
    • Laundry bin for soiled items
Neuro-Inclusive Performances

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:

  • The SpongeBob Musical: Saturday, July 9, 2022 (10:00am performance)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank: Saturday, September 24, 2022
  • Click, Clack, Boo!: Saturday, October 22, 2022 (10:00am performance)
  • The Wizard of Oz: Saturday, December 3, 2022
  • Llama, Llama, Red Pajama: Saturday, February 11, 2023
  • Hip Hop Cinderella: Saturday, May 13, 2023

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-transfferable, 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 Story Links

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:

  • The SpongeBob Musical: Saturday, July 9, 2022 (1:00pm performance)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank: Sunday, September 25, 2022
  • Click, Clack, Boo!: Sunday, October 16, 2022
  • The Wizard of Oz: Sunday, December 4, 2022
  • Llama, Llama, Red Pajama: Sunday, February 4, 2023
  • Hip Hop Cinderella: Sunday, May 7, 2023

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.

Courtesy Wheelchair
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 broberts@nashvillect.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.

Learn More About The NCT Drama School Teaching Philosophy and Accessibility/Inclusion Practices here.

Anti-Racisim & Diversity Statement

NCT recognizes that its facility is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region including the Shawnee, Cherokee, and Yuchi.

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…

  • We publicly name and acknowledge the American Indian land the theatre sits on and the people who once lived there
  • 30% of our board identifies as BIPOC
  • The NCT Hatchery is invested in amplifying the voices of BIPOC and women artists
  • The Family Access Membership, or FAM, provides a pathway for students and families to receive needs-based scholarships to classes and ticket discounts for our professional shows.
  • Discounted field trip tickets for schools serving low-income students.
  • One Sensory Friendly performance for each show in our main stage season and inclusive practices in our classrooms.
  • Pay what you can tickets available for every performance.
  • In the fall of 2020, the entire staff is participating in TYA USA’s Antiracism in TYA webinar series

Where we are headed…

  • We will review practices, policies, and procedures through an antiracist lense in order to identify and address the systems that need to change.
  • We will hire at least 50% BIPOC artists each season
  • We will put more BIPOC on our staff and board
  • We will diversify our staff recruitment channels, publish salary ranges, and cultivate an inclusive organizational culture in an effort to hire more BIPOC staff and interns.
  • We will share antiracism learnings and resources with our audiences and community regularly
  • We will ask all of our vendors if they have antiracism and anti-oppression policies and practices and push for them to be published if they are not.
  • We will seek out new BIPOC led vendors
  • We will develop the resources to cultivate BIPOC teaching artists
  • We will elect an EDI officer for each production
  • We will lead first rehearsals, casting notices, and major meetings with a reading of our anti-racism statement
  • We will continue to perpetuate a safe workspace with 0% tolerance policies on discrimination, harassment, and oppression.
  • Board EDI training.

In addition to sharing these commitments on our website, we will review our progress on an annual basis, publishing it in our Annual Report.

Care Commitment

Keeping Our Theatre Safe for YOU!

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)

 

  • Masking – Attendees of current NCT performances are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while inside our facility; however, masking is not required of patrons. This policy is subject to change as we deem necessary in response to evolving conditions regarding Covid-19 in Davidson County and the surrounding counties.
  • Paperless programs – To reduce the number of items that patrons must handle, as well as to reduce potential paper waste, NCT will be going virtual with our playbills/programs for the immediate future. QR codes will be posted throughout the lobby which will lead mobile devices to a paperless program for that day’s performance. For accessibility purposes, a limited number of traditional paper programs (including large print version) will be available through the box office for those who need them.
  • Enhanced cleaning –  While NCT has always striven for a clean and sanitary facility, our Front of House and janitorial staff will be taking extra steps to further sanitize seats, door handles, and other high-touch areas between performances and classes.
  • Sanitizer – Hand sanitizer will be readily available for all patrons at various stations throughout our lobby, classrooms, and restrooms.
  • Regular symptom screening of staff – All Front of House and other public-facing staff will be screened daily for Covid symptoms and sent home if any indication of infection is present.
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