Touch Tours and Readings for the Blind

In an age that is increasingly visual, it is important to not lose the idea that theatre is a living art form. You don’t just see a play — you hear a play, you feel a play.  By honoring all the dimensions of a performance, Everyman’s work truly becomes accessible to all.
                                                     –Marcus Kyd, Everyman Theatre Education Director


Everyman has partnered with the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for several years.  Each season, Everyman Theatre hosts what is known as a “touch tour” of a given production. This tour allows patrons of the Library for the Blind to touch and explore various aspects of the set, sound, and costume design for the show. Throughout the season, Everyman also brings cast members from selected plays to read scenes at the Library. Everyman also offers audio described performances of all productions.  Patrons may request audio description on a given date by calling the box office during normal business hours.

2011/2012 Season

The touch tour of You Can’t Take It With You included exploring the multi-floored set of a 1930s New York home, hearing the various sound effects used to create fireworks and explosions in the “basement” of the house, touching the different fabrics used to create period costumes, and feeling the vibrations from an on-stage xylophone.

WJZ-TV: Everyman Hosts Touch Tour for Audiences
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"A unique sensory experience is underway at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre.  They've opened their doors for those who can't see and have created a new way to go to a play," reports WJZ-TV News.  Mary Bubala reported on Everyman's annual Touch Tour, which happened on Thursday, June 13th.  Students and instructors from Blind Industries and Services of Maryland "toured" the set of Everyman's current production, The Beaux' Stratagem.   More >


Our Touch Tour For The Blind Makes National News
Friday, July 06, 2012

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Questions? Contact the education department at 443-615-7055x7142 or education@everymantheatre.org.