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


Special Needs

We’re committed to making the arts accessible to all patrons. Wheelchair seating is available in Eisenhower and Schwab auditoriums. A number of appropriately located seats have been reserved for patrons with disabilities, and, upon advance request, sign language interpretation is available for performances and educational activities. For hearing-impaired patrons, Eisenhower is equipped with an infrared listening system, and Schwab has an induction-loop 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 or 800‑ARTS‑TIX, for your special needs.

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities 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 sight-loss, audio description can also improve information processing for people with learning disabilities. 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. 

Audio description is available for the April 14, 2022, presentation of HAIRSPRAY. Phone 814-238-0132 by March 31, 2022, to reserve the service.


Complimentary parking is provided in the Eisenhower Parking Deck for patrons attending all performances—except School-Time Matinees—presented by the Center for the Performing Arts.

Patrons with mobility impairments may be dropped off in front of the auditorium at the Eisenhower Road pull-off near the intersection with Shortlidge Road. Handicap-accessible parking spaces are available on all levels of the Eisenhower deck and in the Yellow F surface lot across Eisenhower Road from the deck. Handicap-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 access to the handicap-accessible 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. 

For presentations at Schwab Auditorium, two handicap-accessible parking spaces are available behind the venue. The handicap-accessible entrance to Schwab is at the rear of the building next to Pollock Road.

Complimentary, wheelchair accessible round-trip shuttle service is also provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.