Sensory-Friendly Performance at Playhouse Square – January 2015

Sensory-Friendly Programming at Playhouse Square presented by Norman and Denise Wells

Playhouse Square is proud to commit to arts education, providing a variety of free and low-cost programs dedicated to inspiring and invigorating people of all ages, perspectives and abilities. Our sensory-friendly initiative is dedicated to increasing access and inclusion for children and families impacted by autism spectrum disorder, other sensory or social sensitivities or other special needs. Some of our resident companies also present sensory-friendly programming.

About Sensory-Friendly Programming


Why might a trip to the theater be difficult for individuals on the autism spectrum or with other sensory challenges?

Whether especially sensitive to lights, smells or sounds, or constantly seeking opportunities to increase sensory information by touching objects, stomping feet or clapping hands, for those affected, a traditional theater experience can be overwhelming. 

What makes a performance sensory-friendly?

  • Lower sound levels, especially for startling or loud sounds
  • Guests are free to talk, leave their seats and move freely during the performance
  • House lights in the theater are left on low throughout the performance
  • Designated calming areas staffed by volunteer specialists are available
  • All are welcome in a judgment-free environment

Sensory-Friendly Program Tools


Headed to an upcoming sensory-friendly program? Here are a few tools to help plan your visit.

Plan Your Visit

Want to learn a little bit about the Playhouse Square area? Learn more about our neighborhood (the restaurants, the theaters, maps and more) in the Plan Your Visit section of our website.

Parking and Drop Off Information

Parking and drop-off accomodations vary from program to program. Each program will have specific information as to what accomodations are available. For general information about parking at Playhouse Square, visit the Directions and Parking page on our website.

Social Story- Visiting Playhouse Square

Social stories can be used to help individuals on the autism spectrum prepare for a social interaction or situation.

Accessibility Information

Wheelchair accomodations vary from program to program. Each program will have specific information as to what accomodations (and how to arrange for them) are available. For general information about Playhouse Square accessibility services, please visit the Accessibility Information page on our website.

Upcoming Sensory-Friendly Events:


Mar 3 | Mimi Ohio Theatre

SENSORY-FRIENDLY: What Do You Do With An Idea?

School Matinee Performance

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