Accessibility

Wheelock Family Theatre was founded on a mission that is dedicated to providing completely accessible theatre for all. For more information on Wheelock Family Theatre’s access programs, please contact the Box Office at (617) 353 – 3001 or email WFTtix@bu.edu.

Access Performances

  • Wheelock Family Theatre offers numours Access performances throughout the season, including at least one public performance and one school matinee per production. Dates for Access performances may be found on our performance page here.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) and Audio Description (AD) are provided during Access Performances in addition to accessible tools provided at every performance
  • For the most up to date information, please check our Production Page here or join our Email List here
  • Tickets:
    • Access tickets are located in the orchestra house left section of the theater
    • All tickets for ASL-users and companions are $20 and are available to view with code “access”
    • To purchase tickets, please visit our Production Page Here, and select your performance date. To view seats reserved for access patrons, please enter promo code “access” when selecting seats. For more instructions on how to enter a promo code, please visit our Discounts and Promotions page here
  • School Matinees:
    • Wheelock Family Theatre offers at least one ASL interpreted/Audio Described performance of each production of the season
    • Interested parties may reach out to Group Sales Manager, Alex, at WFTgroup@bu.edu

Accessible SeatingAccess Logos

  • Wheelock Family Theatre is completely wheelchair accessible.
  • Wheelchair and companion accessible seating available in the Orchestra section of the theater. To purchase tickets, please call the Box Office at (617) 353 – 3001.
  • Ramps are located on the west side of the theatre and connect directly to the theatre entrance and bathrooms. Ramps are also located off the Riverway.
  • Elevator is located on the east side of the theatre and connects to the theatre entance, bathrooms and lower lobby.
  • Wheelock Family Theatre makes every attempt to honor special accessiblity seating requests. For specific seating needs, please call (617) 353 – 3001, email WFTTix@bu.edu or visit our Contact Us Page for more information.

 Assisted Listening/FM Receiver Listening Devices

  • Assisted Listening/FM Receiver Devices are available upon request for all performances. If you would like a device, please see a WFT Staff member before the performance.

 American Sign Language (ASL)

Audio Description

  • Audio Description is performed live at select “Access Performances”
  • Patrons are provided headphones. 
  • Performance is described in real time.

Braille and Large Print Programs

  • Braille and Large Format programs available upon request
  • For more information, please contact Box Office Manager, Jamie Aznive at jaznive@bu.edu or (617) 353 – 3001

Drama Shops

Audio Description of the Wizard of Oz, 2012

Education Classes and Workshops

Meet the Seat

  • To prepare for the theatre-going experience, we invite you check out our social story on visiting the theatre. To supplement this social story with an in-person visit to the theatre, please contact Audience Services Manager, Jamie Aznive jaznive@bu.edu to book an appointment.

 Open Captioning

  • Open Captioning is a live feed of the script and auditory narrative of the performance.
  • Two (2) LED screens are located on either side of the stage with three (3) lines of text at a time. The screens can be viewed from any seat in the theater.
  • Open Captioning is live and accompanies the performance in real time. 
  • Open Captioning is offered at every performance. 

Ramps and Elevators Access Logos

  • Wheelock Family Theatre is completely wheelchair accessible.
  • Ramps are located on the west side of the theatre and connect directly to the theatre entrance and bathrooms. Ramps are also located off the Riverway for easy drop-off.
  • Elevator is located on the east side of the theatre and connects to the theatre entance, bathrooms and lower lobby.

Social Stories

  • Following guidelines developed by autism expert Carol Gray, social stories present specific information about what to expect on a visit to the theatre in order to prepare neuro-diverse audience members for the experience. Check out our general visit to the theatre social story here and our show-specific social stories here.

Tactile Tours

  • WFT offers pre-arranged Tactile Tours for school groups serving students who are blind or have low vision. Teachers, please contact Audience Services Manager, Jamie Aznive jaznive@bu.edu to arrange a Tactile Tour for your class.

Wheelock Family Theatre is dedicated to making your experience the best it can be!
Comments, questions or suggestions? Let us know at WFTTix@bu.edu.