Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Advancing toward accessibility: Disability accommodation in the theatre
by Bryson, Caitlin E., M.B.A./M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 72; 10076449
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis discusses the need for and implementation of increased theatrical accommodation for patrons with disabilities. It begins by discussing the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act as they relate to theatres. Accommodations that go beyond the bare minimum required by law are discussed, including open and closed captioning, American Sign Language interpretation, audio description, and sensory-friendly performances.

The thesis gives evidence in the form of an anecdotal analysis of American Sign Language and captioned performances in the CSULB Theatre Arts Department. Each method is then evaluated for potential implementation in the Theatre Arts Department, based on its feasibility and impact given the population served by the Department. Finally, the thesis makes recommendations regarding which methods should be implemented and what the best processes would be for doing so.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pillai, Shanti
Commitee: Austin Williams, Jaye, Bentley, Jeffrey
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater, Performing Arts
Keywords: Accessibility, Accommodation, Disability, Theatre
Publication Number: 10076449
ISBN: 978-1-339-58714-1
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