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Sensory-Friendly Performances

Our Sensory-Friendly performances offer a supportive environment where everyone is welcome.

New Victory hopes to make kids regular theatergoers at an early age, including individuals on the autism spectrum or anyone who may benefit from a more relaxed theater experience. We look forward to welcoming you, again and again, to enjoy world-class performing arts together.

See Upcoming Performances

What to Expect

Modified Lighting and Sound

  • Sound in the production will be lowered, and staff will warn of any upcoming loud noises during the show.
  • Lights in the seating area will be dimmed rather than fully dark during the performance.

Judgment-Free, Inclusive Environment

  • Audience members may talk and vocalize as they wish and leave and re-enter the seating area as needed.
  • An activity area with a live video feed of the show, coloring sheets and fidgets will also be open to anyone needing a break.

Accessibility Supports and Cozy Zone

  • Support items like ear defenders and light-sensitive sunglasses are available to borrow at the Accessibility Table.
  • Patrons in need of a quiet place to relax can visit the Cozy Zone, a calming corner with fidgets and comfortable seating.
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Prepare for your visit with our New Victory Social Story

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Prepare for your visit with our New Victory Social Story

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for the show?

Explore our spaces with our 360° virtual tour.

Also, families are invited to “meet their seat” before our public shows to explore the lobbies and seating areas when the theater is quiet. Please call 646.223.3010 to arrange a visit.

What should I bring to the show?

If your kid uses ear defenders or has a particular fidget they like best, bring them along!

Will staff have training and experience?

Yes. Autism specialists will be on hand to assist if needed, and New Victory staff members have received training about neurodiversity and how to make this event enjoyable for everyone.

About the Specialists:

Aliza Greenberg is a consultant focused on arts education, access and inclusion. Aliza is also the Arts Enrichment Coordinator at LearningSpring School, the Project Leader for Supporting Transitions with the Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC)and a teaching artist with CO/LAB Theater Group. B.A., Bryn Mawr College; Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Arielle Lever is a New York City based Arts Administrator / Theater Artist / Teaching Artist, who focuses a great deal of her energy and work around accessibility in theater. She is a co-founder and Teaching Artist at CO/LAB Theater Group, a non-profit dedicated to providing individuals with developmental disabilities theater arts opportunities. Prior to working at MAC, Arielle was the Project Manager of Lincoln Center Moments, a program for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Arielle is also a Teaching Artist at The New Victory Theater where she interfaces with a range of student populations all over the five boroughs of New York City. She often facilitates trainings and consults for companies on theater inclusion and accessibility practices. When she is not teaching or arts administer-ing, she can be found performing on stage and screen.

Miranda Lee is thrilled to work with the New Victory team as a consultant! An autistic person passionate about her work in arts/cultural institutions, Miranda actively strives to open up conversations and spread messages about accessibility, inclusion, and equity in those spaces. Currently, she is contributing her work as a disability advocate, writer, and creative consultant as Program Associate for the Film Department at the MMJCC in Manhattan and as an Advisory Committee Member and Consultant for the Museum of the Moving Image’s Marvels of Media Awards.