What does "accessibility" mean at our theatre? 


  • Free participation in any Season Production
  • Free after school and summer youth programming
  • Free public events throughout the year, including a Community Open House, Season Announcement Party, and Summer Patio Concerts
  • Pay What You Can tickets for all Season Performances (special events ticketing subject to availability)

Equitable Opportunity

  • Partnerships with local nonprofits and schools build awareness of our free programming & its availability to the community
  • Auditions require no advanced preparation: they are non-competitive, and focus on teamwork
  • Internships and peer mentorships designed to cultivate new talent 
  • Empowerment programs and events, led by community members

Universal Design

  • First-floor seating for patrons with wheelchairs and their companions
  • A stage that is accessible to actors in wheelchairs
  • Backstage and lower level restrooms accessible to wheelchairs
  • Elevator access to every floor of the building
  • Nearby parking for patrons with wheelchairs and their companions


  • Hearing assistance devices available for every performance
  • Sensory-friendly performances for patrons on the Autism spectrum
  • American Sign Language interpreted performances for the deaf community
  • After school programming incorporates a curriculum that teaches to every student in the room


NWT recognizes the contributions of our theatrical ancestors who were people of color, indigenous, women, disabled, and LGBTQ-identifying individuals. It is on their shoulders that we stand. We recognize also that despite these roots, the theatre community is not and has not been immune to insidious systemic racism, sexism, and homophobia. 

NWT aims to break from the subtle cultural norms that have made the theatre space oppressive to some communities over others. We aim to make amends by shifting to an actively anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-ableist, anti-homophobic standard. One step in our institution's journey is to provide representation as a means of accessibility. We vow to: 

  • Search for underrepresented voices in Cleveland to use our platform and our stages to promote their unique and valuable stories
  • To make show decisions that underline our support of the voices of people of color, indigenous, women, disabled, and LGBTQ+ individuals
  • To make casting decisions that elevate the voices of people of color, indigenous, women, disabled, and LGBTQ+ individuals
  • To make hiring and contracting decisions that bolster our support of people of color, indigenous, women, disabled, and LGBTQ+ individuals
  • To make Board and Associate Board membership decisions that align with our priorities for diverse leadership

Black lives, indigenous lives, women's lives, dis/differently-abled lives, and LGBTQ+ lives matter to Near West Theatre. 

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