The Smith Center is Sensory Friendly

The Smith Center offers sensory-friendly performances

The Smith Center is committed to providing inclusive programs and presentations for people of all ages, perspectives, and abilities. Our sensory-friendly opportunities aim to increase access and inclusion for individuals and families impacted by autism spectrum disorders and other intellectual or developmental disabilities.

What makes a performance sensory-friendly?

  • A welcoming, inclusive environment for all guests or participants
  • Relaxed theater etiquette rules enabling guests to enter and exit the space as needed
  • Ability to use mobile devices for communication purposes
  • Modification of house lights during the performance and reduction of jarring sounds
  • Quiet areas established in lobbies or lounges for individuals who may want to take a break from the performance or program, monitored by a certified volunteer
  • Supportive staff and volunteers

Sensory-Friendly Program Tools

Attending an upcoming sensory-friendly event at The Smith Center? These tools will help you know what to expect.

Reynolds Hall Pre-Visit Guide

Past Sensory-Friendly Programming

  • Workshops with Ryan Hourigan – “Music and Children with Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers” (2014) and “Music Making with Children with Autism” (2018)

  • Workshops with Kevin Spencer – “Hocus Focus: Teaching Magic Tricks to Special Needs Children – Especially High Functioning Autism” (2016)

  • “Shh! We Have A Plan” (April 2018)

  • Disney’s “The Lion King” (November 2018)

  • “Hocus Focus: The Magic of Kevin Spencer” (March 2019)

  • “The Phantom Tollbooth” (April 2019)

  • Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical!” (November 2019)