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Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Accessibility

Available Services

We’re committed to making the arts accessible to all patrons. Accessible seating is available in all venues. A number of appropriately located seats have been reserved for patrons with various differences and levels of ability. Upon advance request, sign language interpretation is available for performances and educational activities. For hard-of-hearing patrons, Eisenhower Auditorium is equipped with an infrared listening system, and Recital Hall has a radio-frequency transmitter system. Publications, including OnStage performance programs, are available in large-print or alternative media upon request. Live audio description, which can enhance appreciation of what’s taking place on stage, is provided for selected performances. Audio description, when provided, is available to all ticket holders.

Contact the Arts Ticket Center, at 814‑863‑0255, for your accessibility requests.

Penn State encourages people of all abilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Arts Ticket Center in advance of your participation or visit. 

Audio Description

Audio description — available at no extra charge to ticket holders — offers live verbal description of the visual elements of selected performances. Especially helpful to patrons with varying degrees of sight-loss, audio description can also assist with information processing for people of all learning abilities. The service’s trained audio describers use a transmitter and microphone to relay a pictorial description to patrons wearing earpieces attached to palm-sized receivers. Audio description clarifies details and provides background information, but it doesn’t interfere with other key audible elements of a performance. 

Parking

Eisenhower Auditorium

Complimentary parking is provided in the Eisenhower Parking Deck for patrons attending all performances presented by the Center for the Performing Arts (except School-Time Matinees). Patrons with limited mobility may be dropped off in front of Eisenhower Auditorium at the Eisenhower Road pull-off near the intersection with Shortlidge Road. ADA-acessible parking spaces are available on all levels of the Eisenhower deck and in the Yellow F surface lot across Eisenhower Road from the deck. ADA-accessible parking during Center for the Performing Arts presentations at Eisenhower is also available in the lot between Eisenhower Road and Tyson Building. State-issued disability parking placards are required for acess to the ADA-acessible parking spaces. Because parking in the Eisenhower deck is complimentary for Center for the Performing Arts presentations, patrons do not need to have Penn State parking permits.

Playhouse Theatre (in Theatre Building)

For presentations at Playhouse Theatre, patrons with limited mobility may be dropped off in front of the Music Building on Allen Road. ADA-accessible parking spaces are available in the Nittany Parking Deck. State-issued disability parking placards are required for access to the ADA-accessible parking spaces.

Recital Hall (in Music Building I)

For presentations at Recital Hall, patrons with limited mobility may be dropped off in front of Forum Building on Curtin Road. ADA-acessible parking spaces are available in the Eisenhower and Nittany decks. State-issued disability placards are required for acess to the ADA-accessible parking spaces.