Lincoln Center’s approach to accessibility mirrors our commitment to transform performing arts spaces to be more inclusive of our audiences’ identities and access needs by design, not as an afterthought or add-on. As part of our wider commitment to accessibility and inclusion, we recognize that access needs must be integrated in the creative process, that the work on our stages reflects our differences and interconnectedness, and that we are creating a space where everyone feels welcome.
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Accessibility at our resident organizations
Lincoln Center’s approach to accessibility mirrors our commitment to transform performing arts spaces to be more inclusive of our audiences’ identities and access needs by design, not as an afterthought or add-on. We recognize that access needs must be integrated in the creative process, that the work on our stages reflects our differences and interconnectedness, and that we are creating a space where everyone feels welcome. A range of accommodations is provided for all performances, no request necessary.
Accessible Entrances and Seating
All Lincoln Center venues have accessible entrances, accessible seat locations and accessible restrooms. To reach the Josie Robertson Plaza, take the ramp adjacent to the main staircase along Columbus Avenue, or the elevator by the Lincoln Center Theater on 65th street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
Wheelchair accessible locations are available for all Lincoln Center performances. Wheelchair loans may also be requested at most venues.
To ensure emergency evacuation safety, at most venues, ushers will check mobility devices when patrons reach their seats, and will return devices upon request, during breaks in the performance, and at the performance end.
All Lincoln Center venues have accessible seat locations available. Most accommodation and purchasing queries can be addressed by box office personnel at the theater you are visiting, by online ticketing directly from the presenter’s website, or by contacting Lincoln Center’s Guest Experience line at 212-875-5456.
Large Print & Braille Programs
Large print and braille programs are available for most Lincoln Center performances. Inquire with an usher or by visiting the guest services or information desk at your selected venue.
Service animals are welcome at Lincoln Center.
Assistive Listening Systems
Assistive listening devices with headsets and neck loops are available for all amplified performances. In addition, David Geffen Hall, the Vivian Beaumont Theater and the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater are equipped with induction loops. Loops are also available at the box office windows, coat check and media wall.
American Sign Language, Captioning and Audio Description
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, captioning, and audio description is available for select performances and events. Visit the event page to learn more about available accommodations. To request accommodations for performances, send requests to the host venue at least three weeks prior to the performance date, or to [email protected] or by phone at 212-875-5375.
Access Concierge Service
As part of our continued commitment to making Lincoln Center accessible and inclusive, we are excited to offer a new service to our guests who request additional assistance. Access Reps, trained to support guests with disabilities, provide 1:1 support for individual guests and their party.
Guests attending performances at David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Clark Studio Theater, the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse or any outdoor venues may request in advance:
• An Access Rep to meet them upon arrival on campus, escort them throughout the performance space and assist them with any of their requested accommodations. Access Reps can supply and push guests in a wheelchair, provide sighted guide technique, or simply escort and assist.
• Check in at intermission, see if the guest needs anything, answer questions/receive feedback Assistance with departure from the performance venue
Inquire about this service when purchasing a ticket through the Lincoln Center Box Office or CenterCharge. Guests who already have their tickets can email [email protected] for further information.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Lincoln Center’s campus is on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
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Arriving by Subway
The nearest accessible subway stations are the West 66th Street station (1 train) and the 59th Street-Columbus Circle station (A, B, C, D, or 1 trains).
For Jazz at Lincoln Center performances, take the A, B, C, D or 1 trains to 59th Street-Columbus Circle.
Arriving by Bus
The M5, M7, M10, M11, and M104 bus lines all stop within one block of Lincoln Center campus and Jazz at Lincoln Center. All MTA New York City buses are equipped with ramps.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Guests can be picked-up/dropped-off on public streets according to traffic signage. However, there are also several designated areas for your convenience.
The Jaffe Drive pick-up and drop-off area is located on Columbus Avenue at West 65th Street. Enter from Broadway (southbound traffic). The clearance for vehicle drop off is nine feet. Access from concourse level for the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center Theater, and the parking garage. Take elevators up to plaza level for Josie Robertson Plaza (Revson Fountain), David H. Koch Theater, David Geffen Hall, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Claire Tow Theater.
Access-A-Ride is a public transit service operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority for people with disabilities. For more information, visit their website. Designated Access-A-Ride stop located at 20 Lincoln Center Plaza (Columbus Avenue between west 63rd and West 65th Streets)
For David Geffen Hall, David H. Koch Theater, and Josie Robertson Plaza: 20 Lincoln Center Plaza (Columbus Avenue between West 63rd and West 65th Streets)
For the David Rubenstein Atrium: 1881 Broadway
For the Metropolitan Opera House and Concourse: Access-A-Ride is unable to go onto the Concourse level where accessible entrances for these venues are located. To access these venues, call Access-A-Ride bookings 24 to 48 hours prior to the trip and speak to a supervisor.
For The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: 111 Amsterdam Avenue between West 64th and West 65th Streets
Lincoln Center’s Main Campus Parking is open 24/7 and can be accessed from 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, at the corner of 63rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, or on 65th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway (this entrance is open everyday 7:00 AM – Midnight). Designated accessible parking spaces are located in the yellow section of the garage and accessible from any garage entrance.
Access from the concourse level for:
• Metropolitan Opera House
• Lincoln Center Theater
Take elevators up to plaza level for:
• Josie Robertson Plaza (Revson Fountain)
• David Geffen Hall
• David H. Koch Theater
• The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
• Claire Tow Theater
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Central Parking Systems Garage is located at 345 West 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
The History of Big Umbrella Festival
Accessibility has been part of Lincoln Center’s core initiatives since its early days, with the formation of Programs and Services for People with Disability, the first department of its kind at a major performing arts organization. Since 1989, Passport to the Arts has welcomed young people with disabilities to explore mainstream performances with their families. Big Umbrella expanded upon this foundation by presenting new artistic works specifically designed for young people with autism.
Big Umbrella began with a commission with New York-based theater company Trusty Sidekick, who created Up and Away in 2015. The show was developed over the course of two years of research, play, and experimentation. Trusty Sidekick used multisensory drama workshops with kids on the autism spectrum to test out material developed in the rehearsal room.
In April 2018, Lincoln Center wanted to continue building experiences created and shared on campus, which informed the creation of the inaugural Big Umbrella Festival. During the month-long festival, Big Umbrella also showcased international productions, hosting two companies from England (Oily Cart) and Australia (Sensorium Theatre) with Trusty Sidekick rounding out the Festival’s programs.
A Professional Development course for artists and arts administrators interested in developing work for people with autism and other developmental disabilities was hosted by Big Umbrella in 2018.
Oily Cart, Sensorium Theatre, and Trusty Sidekick also joined the Big Umbrella Symposium, ‘The Intersection of the Arts and Autism’ in 2018, a dedicated day discussing how the power of the arts be harnessed to impact young people on the autism spectrum as audience members and artists. Expert practitioners from CO/LAB, ActionPlay, Nest+m, TDF Accessibility, and Sesame Workshop also joined the symposium.
After a year of virtual programs in 2020, Lincoln Center welcomed audiences back for live, in-person events in the spring of 2021. We ended our summer with Big Umbrella Outdoors, a weekend dedicated specifically to audiences with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. Friday night was geared towards teens and young adults with performances from EPIC Players as well as a silent disco, while Saturday and Sunday were geared towards families with performances from Squonk Opera and EPIC as well as an interactive dance piece with Ballet for All Kids and dance and art-making workshops. All three days also included two interactive installations: Swingset Drumkit and OrchidsPlayscape. You can view the digital program for Big Umbrella Outdoors here.
We are actively planning the future of Big Umbrella. Please stay tuned for more events to come!
If you are interested in being a part of Big Umbrella as an artist, audience member, or presenter, please contact us via email at [email protected].