Access Live: A Showcase of Accessible Services for Theatre
Illustrated through a special staging of

a short play by Ike Holter

Directed by
Molly Brennan

Featuring McKenzie Chinn, Mykele Deville and Jeff Trainor

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

1700 Theatre
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1700 N Halsted

On Wednesday, May 16, CCAC is proud to team up with playwright Ike Holter and director Molly Brennan to workshop a showcase of accessible interpretive services for live theater.

Over the course of a staging of Holter’s short play VICTORY, we will demonstrate best (and worst) practices for the presentation of Audio Description and Touch Tours, ASL Interpretation, Open Captioning and Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly programming. Explanatory narration of the services will be woven throughout the piece, and the session will conclude with a Q and A with the artists, access designers and service providers.

This re-imagining of the CCAC workshop format will feature performances by McKenzie Chinn, Mykele Deville and Jeff Trainor, with access design by Matt Bivins (Open Captioning), Evan Hatfield (Touch Tour), Alex Mauney (Narration and Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly incorporation), Jack Miggins (Audio Description) and Crom Saunders (ASL Master).

This is a workshop of a workshop -- it's the first time we've experimented with this type of programming, and we're excited for our community to join us and share feedback. So that we can finesse for future presentations, we'll invite attendees to complete a post-experience survey -- thanks in advance for helping us build something great!


This program is specifically geared for theater administrators who include artistic directors, executive directors, production managers, technical directors and accessibility coordinators.

Due to limited capacity and our desire to serve as many theaters as possible, we thank you for designating two representatives from your organization to attend. If you would like to send more people from your company, please email to add them to a wait list. If we end up with open spaces, we’ll get in touch with you on or by May 15.

RSVP is required -- please register at the base of this form.

Registration will be confirmed in order of receipt. Please note: submission of the form does not guarantee registration; we'll email you a confirmation.


While CCAC programs are free, suggested donations help cover programming costs and ensure that CCAC’s mission is achievable and accessible to all.


The event space is accessible to wheelchair-users and visitors who need to avoid stairs.

Open Captioning, ASL Interpretation, Assistive Listening Devices and an Induction Hearing Loop will be available. Front Bar, which serves as the lobby for the 1700 Theatre, features accessible tables and counters, a push-button entrance and all-gender restrooms.

To request additional accommodations, please try to contact us at least one week in advance: or by calling Christena Gunther at 715-212-9140.

All CCAC events are scent-free; please refrain from wearing products with fragrance such as perfume, cologne and lotion.


Ike Holter is a 2017 winner of the Windham-Campbell Prize, one of the highest awards for playwriting in the world. Holter is a resident playwright at Victory Gardens Theater, and has been commissioned by the Kennedy Center, South Coast Rep and The Playwrights™ Center. His work has been produced across the country from Goodman and Steppenwolf in Chicago to the Lily Tomlin Center in LA to Primary Stages off-Broadway.

Molly Brennan was named "Chicago's Queen of Mischief and Make-Believe" by American Theatre Magazine. She has performed at Goodman, Steppenwolf, Lyric, Second City, Lookingglass, American Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center, PS122, and more locally and nationwide. Her 2017 project "Battleaxe Betty" was a radically inclusive Heavy Metal Musical that explored integration of access design, and began her on a path of working toward making all art and art spaces accessible to all.

McKenzie Chinn is a poet, actor, and teaching artist whose work has appeared in PANK, Crab Fat Magazine, The Fem, Juked, Sundog Lit, and others. She has performed her poetry and worked as an actor on stages across Chicago and in Washington, DC, as well as on film and television. She is one third of Growing Concrns Poetry Collective.

Mykele Deville is a rapper, poet, curator, and actor from the west side of Chicago. His solo hip-hop and poetic recordings include Peace, Fam (2017), Each One Teach One (2016), and Super Predator (2016). He has performed on stages across Chicago and led workshops on hip-hop and identity in the midwest and Portland. His work has been profiled in the Chicago Tribune, The Reader, Consequence of Sound, Vocalo radio, and NPR radio. He is one third of Growing Concerns Poetry Collective.

Jeff Trainor is a professional actor and teacher in Chicago. He has worked with the Neofuturists, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Hypocrites, Strawdog Theatre Company, Writer’s Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, 500 CLOWN, Theater Wit, he is a co-creator of Gashlycrumb Orphanage and a member of the Chicago Inclusion Project.


Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) believes everyone deserves access to Chicago's rich arts and culture. Our mission is to empower Chicago's cultural spaces to become more accessible to visitors with disabilities.

CCAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is volunteer-run. Through monthly professional development workshops, our Access Calendar, and an active list-serv, CCAC facilitates a dynamic community of cultural administrators and visitors with disabilities striving to advance accessibility and inclusion across the Chicago region's vast cultural spaces.


Please use the Front Bar entrance at 1700 N Halsted. Doors at the main entrance are push-button operated, and a greeter will be stationed on the sidewalk to offer assistance into the building.


Complimentary parking is available in the Steppenwolf parking facility, located at 1624 N Halsted.


Steppenwolf is near the North/Clybourn Red Line stop, as well as bus stops for the Halsted (# 8) and North Avenue (# 72) bus routes.

Bike racks are located on the sidewalk in front of the theater.


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