Accessibility

General Accessibility Information for Babson College/Sorenson Center for the Arts

There are several locations in the theater to accommodate wheelchairs.  Call the box office at the Sorenson Center for the Arts to purchase these locations at 781-239-5880.

We also have assisted listening devices available at the box office.

Handicap parking is available in the Hollister Lot, on Map Hill Drive.  We also recommend that patrons with mobility issues be dropped off in front of the theater before your party finds parking in Hollister or Trim lot for your convenience.

 

Blind & Visually Impaired Accommodations

Please visit our individual production pages for any information regarding accessible performances.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accommodations

Please visit our individual production pages for any information regarding accessible performances.

General Accessibility Information for Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is committed providing equal access to Free Shakespeare on the Common through its access and inclusion program.  Our staff is equipped to assist patrons of all abilities.  A limited number of tall chairs, accessible seating areas, assisted-listening devices, and Braille and large print programs are available at each performance by visiting the Information Tent.

Anyone needing special accommodations is encouraged to contact CSC in advance at 617-426-0863.

This summer’s production of Richard III will feature on-site accessible services to patrons with mobility issues, those who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired.

Our Services
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performances
  • Audio Described Performances
  • Sound Enhancement Devices
  • Braille and Large-Type Programs

Accessible Seating for wheelchairs or for those with mobility impairments and their companions are reserved in several free seating locations around the Common.  Click here for a map.

Accessible seating is also available in CSC’s Friend Section for a minimum donation of $75.

Braille and large-print programs are available at each performance.  Visit the Information Tent to obtain a copy.

Assisted Listening Devices are available at each performance. Visit the Information Tent to obtain equipment.

Performances

Open Captioned: Saturday, July 28 at 8pm (Rain Date: Wednesday, August 1)
Captioning by David Chu of c2


Audio Described: Saturday, August 4 at 3pm (Rain Date: Sunday, August 5)

Elizabeth Montigny, Primary Describer
Elizabeth is happy to return to the Common after describing Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Elizabeth has described for several years in the Boston area, including shows with American Repertory Theatre and the Huntington Theatre Company. She is thankful to the late Alice Austin for most of her training. Elizabeth has her own toxin-free consulting business and theatre company. To learn more about her work, please visit linktr.ee/purebyliz 
Jan Stankus, Secondary Describer
For 19 years, Jan has provided description for television shows and feature films.  Among her many credits are “Frontline”, “NOVA”, “Bones”, “Criminal Minds”, “NCIS”, “Arthur”, and “Masterpiece” including “Downton Abby” and “Sherlock”.  She also provides description for art exhibits, theme parks including Disney World and Disneyland, national parks, museums, walking tours, online courses, and more.  She has presented live description for numerous theater productions at the American Repertory Theatre as well as The Boch Center and The Huntington Theatre, and on board cruise ships.  She also provided description for Love’s Labour’s Lost and Romeo & Juliet presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

ASL (American Sign Language) Saturday, August 4 at 3pm (rain date: Sunday, August 5)

Laurie Achin, ASL Interpreter
Laurie  graduated from Gallaudet University majoring in educational drama 2003, then earned her master’s in Deaf education at
Gallaudet in 2008. Laurie as been involved with theatre since age 7 years old in Chicago, starting with CenterLight Theatre and been performing through the years. Once she arrived to Gallaudet, she was member of Gallaudet Theatre Department, Rathskellar Group, Quest for the Arts Group, also was one of the host anchor for “What’s Up Gally”- TV show. She has been teaching since 2001, started as fellowship at Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. on Gallaudet Campus. Then she moved to MA and started working as Deaf educator for R.E.A.D.S Collaborative Deaf and Hard of Hearing program (pre-K to H.S.) 2008- 2016. She also taught ASL at Suffolk University, Boston Children’s Hospital and Bristol Community College. She also worked as an ASL specialist for R.E.A.D.S. Collaborative DHH program in Norton and Taunton 2015-2016. She comes from a hearing family and enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. She loves theatre, to play sports, dance, and travel!

Christopher Robinson, ASL Interpreter
Christopher is the Coordinator of Outreach and Training at Boston University Disability Access Services. He has worked as an ASL Interpreter for The Huntington Theatre; American Repertory Theatre; BCAP at Boston University. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Speakeasy Stage, Wheelock Family Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep and most recently, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts touring production of Hamilton the Musical. The late August Wilson inspired him. He is a Certified Facilitator in LEGO Serious Play Methodology.Laurie  graduated from Gallaudet University majoring in educational drama 2003, then earned her master’s in Deaf education at Gallaudet in 2008.
Brent Tracy, ASL Intepreter is dual nationally certified ASL interpreter and owner of Equal Access Resources. For the past 20 years, he has provided communication access for the Deaf and Deafblind communities in a variety of settings including fine arts and theatre. He has worked both on and off the stage as a facilitator, instructor, mentor, translator, and artist.
Parking

Accessible parking is available at the Boston Common Garage.

MBTA

The Park Street MBTA Station (Red Line/Green Line) has an elevator up to street level.

Restrooms

There is an accessible restroom to the back-left of the stage.

Videos

Click below to view a video about transportation options

Click below to view a video about our site on the Boston Common

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