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Sensory-Friendly Performances

Our Sensory-Friendly performances offer a supportive environment where everyone is welcome.

New Victory hopes to make kids regular theatergoers at an early age, including individuals on the autism spectrum or anyone who may benefit from a more relaxed theater experience. We look forward to welcoming families again and again to enjoy world-class performing arts together.

What to Expect

Modified Lighting and Sound

  • Sound in the production will be lowered and staff will warn of any upcoming loud noises during the show.
  • Lights in the seating area will be dimmed rather than fully dark during the performance.

Judgement-Free, Inclusive Environment

  • Audience members may talk and vocalize as they wish, as well as leave and re-enter the seating area as needed.
  • A gender-neutral family restroom will be provided.

Calming Corner and Activity Area

  • An activity area with a live video feed of the show, coloring sheets and fidget toys will be available for anyone who may need to take a break.
  • A calming corner with fidget toys and bean bag chairs will be available if patrons need a quiet place to relax.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for the show?

Explore our spaces with our 360° virtual tour and view our “Visiting The New Victory” Social Story to familiarize yourself with what a trip to the New Victory will be like.

Families are invited to “meet their seat” in advance and explore the lobbies and seating areas. Please call 646.223.3023 to arrange a visit.

What should I bring to the show?

If your kid uses ear defenders or has a particular fidget they like best, bring them along! You may bring your own snack if your kid has specific food preferences, or we have a selection of snacks available for purchase. We do ask that you enjoy your food in the lobby areas.

Will staff have training and experience?

Yes. Autism specialists and volunteers from Autism Friendly Spaces will be on hand to provide assistance if needed, and New Victory staff members have received training about autism and how to make this event enjoyable for everyone.

Consultative services

In collaboration with New Victory, Autism Friendly Spaces, Inc. is providing consultative services for these performances.

Sensory-Friendly Support

New Victory Sensory-Friendly programming is supported, in part, by NEXT for AUTISM.