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.
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.
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
For Lincoln Center Presents events with programs, alternate format in braille and large print are available. Inquire with an usher or by visiting the guest services desk upon arrival at the 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. David Geffen Hall also has loops available at the box office windows, coat check and media wall.
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, Samuel Rehearsal Studio, 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. Please note that this service should be requested at least 7 business days prior to the performance, and assistance is based on staff availability.
Accommodations at Select Performances
The following accommodations are available at select performances and events. Guests can visit the Lincoln Center Presents calendar, select “Filters”, then “Accommodations” to find upcoming events with American Sign Language interpretation, audio description, and captioning. Check each individual event page to learn more about available accommodations.
We recognize that the list below is not exhaustive and that accommodations are never a “one size fits all” solution. Please contact the Access Team by email at [email protected] or by phone at 212-875-5375 to discuss your specific access needs or accommodations so that we may explore other accommodations we may be able to offer. While there is no deadline for notice, please reach out as soon as you know that you plan to attend a program so that we may have enough time to identify the best options to fill your request.
American Sign Language
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation communicates the spoken word and sounds of an event into the visual-gestural language used by the Deaf+ and signing communities.
Captioning displays text for all spoken words, lyrics and sounds in real time.
• Closed Captioning (CC) is available to view on personal phones or devices, via a QR code. Note you must bring your own device connected to wifi to access live captions.
• Open Captioning (OC) displays text on stage, viewable to audiences without use of a device.
Audio description provides live description through receivers and headsets so that guests who are blind or have low vision can fully participate in the experience.
For all events in the Wu Tsai Theater at David Geffen Hall and at Alice Tully Hall, seat cushions are available to borrow from the Head Usher Podium. Cushions are 19 inches wide by 17 inches deep, with 3 inch height.
Access Programming Series
Passport to the Arts
Designed for children, teens and adults with disabilities and their families, Passport to the Arts provides a welcoming, accessible, and cost-free introduction to the performing arts at Lincoln Center.
To learn more about Passport to the Arts, you can visit our web page.
Lincoln Center Moments
Lincoln Center Moments is a free performance-based program specially designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Join us as we bring Lincoln Center's unparalleled artistry to an intimate and supported setting.
To learn more about Lincoln Center Moments, you can visit our web page.
Relaxed Performances are open to all, but designed for people with autism, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. The artistic integrity of the piece remains unchanged, however modifications to social and sensory environment may be made. This structure can also be beneficial for people who are neurodivergent, families with young children and anyone who finds traditional performance protocols do not work for their needs.
For more information about upcoming relaxed performances, please visit our Relaxed Performances web page.