We strive to make theatre accessible for everyone. We are continually working with our community to remove barriers and find solutions so everyone can fringe to their fullest. That means listening, learning, and adapting.

We partner with CRIPSiE (the Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton) and Voice of Albertans with Disabilities to provide an overview of the venues available at the ATB Financial Arts Barns and address accessibility within venues during the Fringe Festival. 

We are currently working on a comprehensive accessibility plan for all fringers, artists, volunteers, and staff. We like to think we’re subject to instant improvement. If you have ideas or feedback, please let us know by emailing hello@fringetheatre.ca, texting at 587-570-4577, or calling at 780-409-1927

Wheelchair Info

All our theatres in the Fringe Theatre Arts Barns are wheelchair accessible. Patrons requiring a wheelchair stall must secure their ticket at the box office in person or by phone. General admission tickets purchased online do not guarantee wheelchair stall availability.

Hearing Assistance

Our main box office and all our theatres in the Fringe Theatre Arts Barns are equipped with hearing loops (T-Coil Loops) for patrons with hearing loss. These loops transmit directly to a hearing aid or cochlear implant electromagnetically, with no extra equipment. To use the system: 

  1. Ask your hearing aid provider to activate your t-coil function. 
  2. When you arrive at the theatre, switch your hearing aid to your t-coil function and adjust the volume as needed. 

Those without hearing aids can also utilize a portable headset receiver. Units are available to rent for free by emailing box office: boxoffice@fringetheatre.ca, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Disabled Adult Transit Service (DATS)

The designated DATS drop off is located on the east side of 103 Street, north of Whyte Avenue. More information is available here: https://www.edmonton.ca/ets/dedicated-accessible-transit-service

Safer Spaces

When your fringe with us, you join a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, welcoming and safe community. We’re dedicated to nurturing spaces where community thrives. Authentic safer spaces require commitment, accountability, and support from everyone in our community. Please tell us if you witness or experience harassment, violence, or discrimination. We will listen. We will help you: fringetheatre.ca/saferspaces

Accessibility Specifications

Below is accessibility information for each venue within the ATB Financial Arts Barns.

The ATB Financial Arts Barns is wheelchair accessible for all public spaces. This includes the lobby, box office, gendered washrooms, rehearsal spaces, and theatres.

  • Box office and entrance to the theatre is located outside and on the north side of the ATB Financial Arts Barns.
  • If coming from the west side of the building there are rail tracks on the path to the theatre. There is also a small lip in the concrete in front of the venue. Both should be approached with care.
  • Main entrance to the theatre is accessible, with a 32” width clearance.
  • Reserved accessible seating is available in the front of the risers, or in some configurations at 29” high cabaret tables.
  • Washrooms are accessible and have clearance for a 32”w x 32”h chair.
  • Gendered washroom signs have braille.
  • The theatre is air conditioned.
  • The theatre entrance is accessible with a 32” width clearance.
  • Gendered washrooms are accessible and have clearance for 32”w x 32”h chair.
  • The theatre is air conditioned.
  • This venue is equipped with a hearing assist system. T Coil hearing assistance system (for use with some hearing aids) will be activated for all performances in this venue. As well, there will be a few headsets for those whose hearing aids are not compatible available at the theatre, on a first come, first serve basis. To access the system, please ask your Front of House volunteers who will notify the technicians
  • Box office and theatre are located through the main entrance of the ATB Financial Arts Barns.
  • Area around ATB Financial Arts Barns is quite flat.
  • No stairs or ramps to get into the building or the theatre.
  • Doors into ATB Financial Arts Barns are a 34” width.
  • Entrance to Westbury Theatre is a 32” width.
  • Accessible seating is available on either side of the front row.
  • Gendered washrooms are available down the hall of the main lobby on the northeast side of the theatre.
  • Washrooms are accessible and have clearance for a 32”w x 32”h chair.
  • The theatre is air conditioned.

If you have any updates or questions, please contact us at hello@fringetheatre.ca