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 elena.sv.flys@emich.edu.

For Patrons/Guests Who Are Deaf or Have Hearing Loss

  • Hearing Loop

    A Hearing Loop System is installed at Quirk Theatre. Audience members with cochlear implants or telecoil-equipped hearing aids are able to fully enjoy the show. The induction loop system turns every telecoil- equipped hearing aid and cochlear implant into a personalized listening device connected directly to the theatre’s sound system.
  • Assistive Listening Devices

    RF hearing devices are available to provide hearing amplification for patrons with hearing loss in Quirk Theatre and Sponberg Theatre. Patrons can sit anywhere in the theatre and use the headsets. 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 and neckloops are available free-of-charge at the Patron Services stand next to concessions.

  • Sign Language Interpretation

    Sign interpretation is available for scheduled performances. Sign interpretation is American Sign Language unless otherwise noted. Locations in the theatres vary according to the production.
  • How do I buy tickets for sign interpretation?

    Tickets in the sign interpretation section 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 to sit in the ASL section. When purchasing online, select the offer entitled ASL tickets.
  • Can I see the interpreters from any seat in the house if I buy a ticket to a captioned performance?

    No, there is an ASL seating section for scheduled ASL performances where patrons can best see the interpreters. See above for details on how to purchase in this section.
  • Upcoming performances with ASL

    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.

  • Open Captioning Theatre

    Open-captioning is provided for selected performances for patrons who have hearing loss and may not benefit from hearing amplification or ASL. The audible elements are projected, in real time, as each line is spoken or sung.
  • How is the captioning displayed at scheduled performances?

    During scheduled events, an experienced captioner scrolls up to two lines of text onto a projection in sync with the performance. The projections are placed on or near the front of the stage and a section of seats in the front orchestra is made available to patrons who require the service and their guests.
  • How do I buy tickets for captioned performances?

    Tickets in the captioned section 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 to sit in the open-captioned section.
  • Can I see the captioning from any seat in the house if I buy a ticket to a captioned performance?

    No, there is an open captioned seating section for scheduled captioned performances where patrons can best see the captions. See above for details on how to purchase in this section.
  • Upcoming performances with Open Captions

    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

    Dr. Elena SV Flys, accessibility coordinator
    734.487.1884 | Elena.sv.flys@emich.edu

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

  • Alternate Formats

    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

    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?

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

     

    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

    Dr. Elena SV Flys, accessibility coordinator
    734.487.1884 | Elena.sv.flys@emich.edu

For Patrons/Guests and Visitors with Mobility Disabilities

Steps Count Information for Patrons [PDF]

  • Accessible Entrances

    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

     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

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

    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

    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

    Dr. Elena SV Flys, accessibility coordinator
    734.487.1884 | Elena.sv.flys@emich.edu

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.

  • Accommodations for Sensory Friendly Performance

     These typically include:

    • Patrons will be allowed to move freely through the aisles
    • Individuals are free to vocalize during the performance
    • House Lights will remain on at low level during performance
    • To give warning to the audience, sudden loud sounds, light changes or startling moments will be signaled in advance
    • Entering and exiting the theatre will be allowed throughout the performance
    • A “quiet room” at the lobby of the theatre that provides continued viewing away from the audience
    • Additional quiet space provided completely away from the theatre
  • Learn more about EMU Theatre

    Coming to EMU Theatre [PDF]

    Sensory Friendly Guides (Narratives available one week prior to performance).

  • Noise Reduction Headphones

    Noise reducing headphones are available for patron use. Headphones can benefit individuals attending performances who have Autism Spectrum Disorders or other sensory sensitivities.

    No reservations needed, simply stop by the Patron Services stand to pick up the headphones. 

  • Sunglasses

    Sunglasses to reduce light changes are available for patron use. Sunglasses can benefit individuals attending performances who have Autism Spectrum Disorders or other sensory sensitivities. No reservations needed, simply stop by the Patron Services stand to pick up the sunglasses.
  • Tactile Tours

    Patrons will have access to the stage and set before a performance to explore the space where they can 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?

    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 sensory friendly performances with tactile tours

    Still Life with Iris: Sensory Friendly performance on Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m. and the school matinée December 11 at 10 a.m 

    Tartuffe: Sensory friendly performance on Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m.

  • Contact Information

    Dr. Elena SV Flys, accessibility coordinator
    734.487.1884 | Elena.sv.flys@emich.edu

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