CHIMERA ENSEMBLE ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES
SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY DISABILITIES
Wheelchair accessible seating in all performance spaces
Elevator access or ramp access to all performance spaces
SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD-OF-HEARING
Open Captioning for every performance of every Main Stage show
Second Stage shows will either feature Open Captioning or American Sign Language Interpretation depending on content
A service for folks who have any level of hearing loss (but who don’t necessarily use sign
language), Open Captioning features a text display of the words and sounds heard
during a play. It can also be helpful for folks without hearing loss - if the actors are using
heavy dialects, if folks like to catch the lyrics in a song, or if folks speak English as a second language. A screen displaying the captions will be visible from audience seating. The screen will be connected to a laptop, from which the captions will be run. Each night, there will be someone present who will be actively running the slideshow. We reserve a section of seating for area of best view for the stage and screen to be seen well. Chimera uses one or two television screens depending upon the performance space.
American Sign Language Interpretation
For our unscripted shows, Chimera sometimes provides American Sign Language interpreters who are interpreting live as best fits the event.
SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR HAVE LOW-VISION
Audio-Described Performances and Pre-Performance Touch Tours for all Main Stage shows
Both the Touch Tour and Audio Description are services for folks who are blind or have
low-vision. The Touch Tour consists of a brief artistic discussion by the actors and
director, a detailed description of the stage area by the audio describer, and the
opportunity for audience members to take a walking and tactile tour of the stage. The
Audio Description is a live, audio guide of visual aspects within the show which
audience members receive through headphones.
BUYING TICKETS AND REQUESTING SERVICES
When purchasing tickets for an accessible performance, please indicate that you are interested in the service that's being offered -- that will allow us to give you the best possible seats and assistance.
Contact: Anna Donnell
Many thanks to our friends at the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium and our generous donors for making our services possible.