Making Theater Accessible on Both Sides of the Curtain

Our Mission

The SpongeBob Musical, 2023. Arrow down for more description.

Eila, a white youth actress in a yellow t-shirt, braces, and a faux hawk, smiles while she signs I love you in American Sign Language. Photo Credit Jeff Heimbach.

Open Door Philosophy

Open Door Theater of Acton is a non-profit, accessible community theater company that has been creating learning experiences through theater for adults and children with and without disabilities since it was founded in 1980.

The Open Door philosophy is that when you offer a positive theater experience, with an integrated, inclusive mix of people, they learn a lot about themselves and how to get along with and support each other.

Inclusion Statement

Open Door Theater values and includes people of all nationalities, socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities, races, genders, religions, and sexual orientations in everything we do on and off the stage.

We welcome the unique insights, perspectives and feedback of all our participants to fulfill our mission and believe that the more diverse our community, the more learning opportunities are created.

Please contact Open Door Theater with any questions or feedback.

Cast of Shrek, 2015. Arrow down for more description.

Our Vision

We envision and embrace a diverse community which enables access to theater for all on both sides of the curtain through mentorship and communal problem solving. We strive to create a family environment in which cast and crew can reach their goals and we share our experiences and expertise with other organizations so that we can all become more inclusive and accessible.

Universal Programming and Design

Open Door Theater is proud to be one of the charter members of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s UP initiative (external website) for Universal Programming and Universal Design to increase the accessibility of all organizations in Massachusetts and beyond.

Universal design is a concept in which products and environments are designed to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaption or specialized design.

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