Access Services

EMU Theatre strives to make its facility and performances accessible to all our patrons. If you have questions or would like to receive additional information about accessibility at EMU, please contact us. For additional information or if you have questions, need assistance, or an accommodation not mentioned below, please contact the accessibility coordinator at 734.487.1884 (voice) or [email protected].

For Patrons/Guests Who Are Deaf or Have Hearing Loss

For Patrons/Guests and Visitors who are Blind or have Low Vision

  • Alternate Formats

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    Large print programs are available at all performances. Braille print programs are available at all performances. Both large print and Braille may be obtained at the Patron Services stand next to concessions.
  • Audio Description

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    Audio description is available for selected performances for patrons who have vision loss. Using a single earpiece connected to an infrared headset, patrons who are blind or have low vision can listen to audio describers give live, verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery, and other visual elements of a performance. Audio describers start pre-show notes approximately 15 minutes before the performance begins.
  • How do I buy tickets for audio description performances?

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    Tickets for audio description performances are available in person, by phone at 734.487.2282 or online on the EMUTIX website. When purchasing in person or by phone, please notify staff that you need this service. When purchasing online, select the offer entitled Audio Description tickets.
  • Can I hear the audio description from any seat in the house if I buy a ticket to an audio description performance?

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    Yes, you can. See above for details on how to purchase in this section.

    Please make reservations for this service at the time you purchase your ticket.

    Patrons who wish to listen to the description must pick up a headset. Headsets are distributed free-of-charge at the Patron Services stand next to concessions.

  • Upcoming performances with Audio Description

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    Still Life With Iris: December 7 at 7 p.m and the school matinée December 11 at 10 a.m

    Tartuffe: Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and Saturday April, 4 at 2 p.m.

  • Curb to Seat Service

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    EMU student assistants are available starting one hour before performances begin to assist patrons in getting from the front of the building to the theatre. Once at the theatre, access ushers are available to assist patrons to their seats.

    Please note: Student assistants are not available after performances. Staff, volunteers and ushers are not able to assist patrons in transferring to or from a wheelchair, theatre seat or vehicle; operate motorized mobility aids such as scooters and Segways; or to provide personal attendant services such as assisting patrons in the restroom, with taking medications or with similar activities. Ushers are not permitted to accompany patrons into the parking lot.

  • Tactile Tours

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    Patrons will have access to the stage and set before a performance to explore the space, and to handle selected props, costumes and furniture. Tactile tours usually last approximately 20 minutes.

    Tactile/touch tours of the performance are available 45 minutes before the show.

  • How do I buy tickets for tactile tour performances?

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    Tickets for tactile tour performances are available in person, by phone at 734.487.2282 or online on the EMUTIX website. When purchasing in person or by phone, please notify staff that you need this service. When purchasing online, select the offer entitled Tactile Tour tickets.

    Please, make sure you request this service when purchasing your ticket since there is a limited number of people for the tour.

  • Upcoming performances with tactile tours

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    Still Life With Iris: December 7 at 7 p.m and the school matinée December 11 at 10 a.m

    Tartuffe: Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and Saturday April, 4 at 2 p.m.

  • Contact Information

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    Dr. Elena SV Flys, accessibility coordinator
    734.487.1884 | [email protected]

For Patrons/Guests and Visitors with Mobility Disabilities

Steps Count Information for Patrons [PDF]

  • Accessible Entrances

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    The main lobby entrance off the Quirk Circle Drive is accessible. There is an elevator to get to Quirk Theatre from that same entrance. 
  • Accessible Seating

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     All theatres have wheelchair- and scooter-accessible locations where patrons can remain in their wheelchairs or transfer to theatre seats. However, these are only available in row P of Quirk and row A in Sponberg theatre. Patrons who cannot or do not wish to transfer from their wheelchairs to a theatre seat should request wheelchair-accessible locations when ordering tickets. For more information, please, check the steps count information attachment.
  • Accessible Restrooms

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    All public restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
  • Curb to Seat Service

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    EMU student assistants are available starting one hour before performances begin to assist patrons in getting from the front of the building to the theatre. Once at the theatre, Access Ushers are available to assist patrons to their seats.

    Please note: Student assistants are not available after performances. Staff, volunteers and ushers are not able to assist patrons in transferring to or from a wheelchair, theatre seat or vehicle; operate motorized mobility aids such as scooters and Segways; or to provide personal attendant services such as assisting patrons in the restroom, with taking medications, or with similar activities. Ushers are not permitted to accompany patrons into the parking lot.

  • Parking

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    Designated accessible parking for vehicles bearing valid Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) disability parking placards or license plates is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Contact Information

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    Dr. Elena SV Flys, accessibility coordinator
    734.487.1884 | [email protected]

Sensory-Friendly Services

Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a welcoming environment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other individuals with sensory sensitivities.

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