Accessibility

We make you a priority

We make it a priority to offer an experience that can be fully enjoyed by all patrons, whether attending a performance, a tour or one of our education programs. Discover how our award-winning access services can help make your visit a memorable one.

Award-winning access

As Accessibility Manager, Hunter Gullickson strives to ensure that the Guthrie is welcoming to people of all abilities. Hunter was recently honored with a Sally Award for Arts Access, as his influence extends beyond the Guthrie through consultations and access equipment rentals with other arts organizations, and the newly established MN Access Alliance. “He’s setting the standard as the premier access coordinator for theater in the area,” wrote one Sally Award nominator. “If other theaters are looking for advice, I have to refer them to Hunter Gullickson.” 

Contact us

If you have specific program questions or would like an accommodation not listed, contact us at 612.225.6390 or e-mail accessibility@guthrietheater.org.

Buy tickets

To purchase tickets for access performances, use the access filter on the calendar or call the Box Office at 612.377.2224. To purchase an ASL, Audio Described and/or Open Caption season ticket package, 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 and 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 local arts organizations’ accessibility initiatives. E-mail us for information about equipment rental, Braille programs/brochures, access training and more.

Upcoming access dates

Our services

Patrons with mobility disabilities

Our Wurtele Thrust and McGuire Proscenium seating charts indicate seat locations reserved for patrons using wheelchairs, as well as seats with removable arm rests. 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. 

A limited number of courtesy wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis. Patrons may borrow courtesy wheelchairs from the Concierge Desk on Level One.

Patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing

Assistive Listening System devices amplify and clarify sound by cutting down ambient noise. FM assistive listening systems are installed in each theater and the devices 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 Patron Services on Level Four. 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.

ASL Interpretation
American Sign Language Interpretation, by certified interpreters, is offered for select performances. 

ASL Tours
Standard backstage tours interpreted in American Sign Language can 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 just missed a single word, Open Captioning can keep you from missing out. Select performances are Open Captioned by c2 inc.

Patrons who are blind or have low vision

Audio Description is the art of talking pictorially to enable audience members who are blind or have low vision to hear descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery and other aspects of the production not conveyed by voices from the stage. FM receivers are available in each theater and the devices 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 Patron Services on Level Four. 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.

Sensory Tours are scheduled prior to Audio Described Saturday matinees, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and allow patrons to explore the stage, costumes and props. Sensory Tours are free of charge and reservations are not required.

Service Animals
Service animals, such as guide dogs, are permitted to assist Guthrie visitors. The nearest green space for walking service animals is Gold Medal Park, east of the Guthrie.

Braille and Large Print Materials
Braille and large print programs and brochures are available free of charge at the Patron Services Desk on Level Four. 

High Magnification Glasses
High Magnification 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.

All Gender Restrooms

General restrooms are located in the Level Four and Level Five lobbies. Four all gender, ADA accessible restrooms are available to persons of any gender identity and expression. These bathrooms lock and provide privacy:

  • Level Three: One all gender restroom can be accessed 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 can be found in the main lobby, next to the main men’s room. 
  • Level Four: Two all gender restrooms are located at the end of the Von Blon Lobby, past the main entrance to the Wurtele Thrust Stage. These restrooms are on the left.

Diaper Changing / Nursing Mothers

Diaper changing stations are available in restrooms on Levels Four, Five and Eight.

Nursing mothers are welcome to breastfeed their child wherever they feel comfortable in our public lobbies. If you’re seeking a private location for nursing or pumping, please connect with a member of our front of house staff or visit our Patron Services Desk on Level Four.

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