Accessibility

Greater access for all 

We make it a priority to offer an experience that can be fully enjoyed by all patrons. Whether you are attending a performance, taking a tour or participating in our education programs, discover how our award-winning access services can help make your visit a memorable one.

Meet our accessibility manager

Hunter Gullickson works tirelessly to ensure the Guthrie is welcoming to people of all abilities. As a recipient of the Sally Award for Arts Access, his expertise and influence extends to the community by offering consultations and equipment rentals to other arts organizations and the Minnesota Access Alliance.

In the words of a Sally Award nominator, “He’s setting the standard as the premier access manager for theater in the area. If other theaters are looking for advice, I refer them to Hunter.” 

Contact us

If you have specific questions or need an accommodation not listed below, please contact us at 612.225.6390 or accessibility@guthrietheater.org.

Buy tickets

To purchase tickets for access performances, use the access filter on the performance calendar or call the Box Office at 612.377.2224. To purchase an access season ticket package (ASL interpretation, audio description and open captioning), call the Season Ticket Office at 612.225.6238.

Programs by request

We offer ASL interpretation, audio description and open captioning upon request for discussions, concerts, special events or any play that runs less than two weeks. Requests must be received at least two weeks in advance. Services are subject to availability and provided at the discretion of the Guthrie.

Support for arts organizations

We’re proud to support the accessibility initiatives of our fellow arts organizations. We welcome requests for equipment rental, Braille programs, access training and more.

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Access services

Patrons who have mobility challenges

Wheelchair and accessible seating
Our seating charts for the Wurtele Thrust Stage and McGuire Proscenium Stage indicate seat locations reserved for patrons using wheelchairs as well as seats with removable armrests. We make every attempt to seat up to three companions in adjacent or nearby seats. Wheelchair and accessible seat locations in the Dowling Studio are determined by the seating configuration for each production.

Courtesy wheelchairs
A limited number of wheelchairs are available to be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis from the concierge desk in the Level One lobby.

Patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing

Assistive listening systems
FM assistive listening systems that amplify and clarify sound by cutting down ambient noise are installed in each theater and may be used at any seat.

Headphones, earbuds and induction neck loops (for patrons who use hearing aids and cochlear implants with a T-switch) may be borrowed from the Patron Services desk on Level Four. Ask your audiologist whether your hearing aid or cochlear implant has a T-switch and how to use it with an assistive device.

ASL interpretation
American Sign Language interpretation by certified interpreters is offered for select performances.
ASL-interpreted backstage tours may be arranged with two weeks’ notice. Please make any special needs known at the time of booking.

Open captioning
Whether you have hearing loss too severe to benefit from assistive listening devices or you don’t want to miss a single word, we offer open captioning for select performances. Captions appear on a display screen in real time, synchronized to the action by an experienced captioner.

Patrons who are blind or have low vision

Audio description
Our expert audio describers share detailed descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery and other aspects of a production. FM receivers for audio description are installed in each theater and may be used at any seat.

Headphones, earbuds and induction neck loops (for patrons who use hearing aids and cochlear implants with a T-switch) may be borrowed from the Patron Services desk on Level Four. Ask your audiologist whether your hearing aid or cochlear implant has a T-switch and how to use it with an assistive device.

Braille and large-print materials
Play programs and a variety of brochures are available in Braille and large print at the Patron Services desk on Level Four.

High-magnification glasses
High-magnification (2.8x) sport glasses for vision enhancement are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at the Patron Services desk on Level Four.

Service animals
Guide dogs and other service animals are permitted to assist Guthrie visitors. The nearest green space in the neighborhood is Gold Medal Park next to the Guthrie.

Sensory tours
Complimentary sensory tours take place before audio-described Saturday matinees at 10:30 a.m. and allow patrons to explore the stage, costumes and props. Reservations are not required.

All-gender restrooms

During performances, four universal, ADA-accessible restrooms that lock and provide privacy are available to patrons of any gender identity and expression on Levels Three and Four.

Level Three
One all-gender restroom is accessible from the McGuire Proscenium Stage. Where Aisle 2 ends at the stage, pass through the door on the right.

Level Four
One all-gender restroom is located in the main lobby next to the men’s restroom, and two all-gender restrooms are located at the end of the Von Blon Lobby, which is past the main entrance to the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Public restrooms are located on Levels Four, Five and Eight.

Relaxed performances

Although open to all patrons, a relaxed performance is intentionally modified to accommodate patrons with sensory and vestibular sensitivities, anxiety, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, learning differences or challenges attending the theater. 

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Nursing mothers and changing stations

Nursing mothers are welcome to breastfeed wherever they feel comfortable in our public lobbies. If you prefer a private location for nursing or pumping, please connect with a Guthrie staff member or visit the Patron Services desk on Level Four.

Changing stations are available in the public restrooms on Levels Four, Five and Eight.

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