PBT is committed to being an inclusive arts organization that serves everyone in the greater Pittsburgh community through its productions and programs.
- Wheelchair accessibility--The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, the August Wilson Center for African-American Culture, and PBT Studios strive to be accessible for patrons who use a wheelchair, including elevators, accessible restrooms, and companion seating (available on the Main Floor of the Benedum Center only). Guide dogs are permitted; please inquire when purchasing tickets. Please inform your ticketing representative when purchasing your tickets to take advantage of wheelchair and companion seating. Please note that at PBT Studios, there are not automatic doors available at this time.
- Braille and Large Print Programs--With assistance from the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children Outreach/Braille Project, PBT will now have printed Braille programs available at the Benedum Center for Performing Arts for patrons who are visually-impaired. Large print programs will also be available. Please see front of house staff at the Benedum Center for Performing Arts or the August Wilson Center for these programs.
- Assistive Listening Devices--Assistive listening devices are available at the Benedum Center for Performing Arts and the August Wilson Center for patrons who desire amplification of the performances. Neck loops are available. Please see an usher at the Benedum Center or August Wilson Center when you arrive to obtain an Assistive Listening Device. Assistive Listening Devices are available on a first come, first served basis.
- Audio Description--Audio Description is available for all patrons to hear and experience dance through verbal description that paints a picture in the mind. Audio description uses Channel 2 on the infrared assistive listening devices at the Benedum. For more information about our audio description program, including audio description dates and pre-performance sensory seminars, please visit our audio description page.
- Closed Captioning and Sign Language Interpretation--Two PBT productions in the 2013-2014 season are danced to music with lyrics: Nine Sinatra Songs during the Twyla Tharp production and Smoke 'n Roses during the 3X3 production. Closed captioning services will be available via individual hand-held devices that can be used anywhere in the theatre at the following performances:
Twyla Tharp--Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 pm
3X3--Saturday, March 15 at 8:00 pm
Sign language interpretation will be available for these performances only upon request. We kindly request at least two weeks advance notice before the performance dates to ensure that we are able to secure interpreters.
- Autism-Friendly Performances--PBT is proud to be presenting one of the country's first autism-friendly performances of The Nutcracker! Please visit the Autism-Friendly Performances page for more information.
- Dance for Parkinson's--This program, based on the Dance for PD® program, invites people with Parkinson's, their families, caregivers, and friends, to become participants in the dance process! For more information, please visit our Dance for Parkinson's page.
- Audio Recordings--Audio recordings are produced for select program notes for each of PBT's productions. The recordings are produced in collaboration with the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, part of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system. To listen to our audio recordings, please visit our audio recording page.
Should you have a special request that is not listed above or have any questions about our accessibility services, please do not hesitate to call Alyssa Herzog Melby, Director of Education and Community Engagement, at 412-454-9105 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A two-week advance notice for accommodations not listed above is kindly requested.
For more information about all of the accessiblity services at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, please visit their accessibility page.
For more information about all of the accessibility services at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, please visit their accessibility page.