Accessibility at The Clarice     











                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo by David Andrews

We are committed to making its performances and facilities accessible to all guests.

We offer the services listed below. For additional information, please email or call our ticket office: 301.405.2787.

Assistive Listening Devices

You may request a free infrared assistive listening devices from our ticket office.

You may use the device with or without a hearing aid from any seat in any of our six venues.

If your hearing aid works with a “T” switch, you may request an Induction neck loop.


With at least one week notice, real time, professional captioning on live streamed videos is available upon request.

Most live streams are also simulcast to the presenter's Facebook page, which provides automatic captions.

To request professional captioning, please email or call our ticket office: 301.405.ARTS (2787).

Large Print Programs

At select performances, you may request a large print program from one of our house managers.

With at least two weeks of advance notice, we may prepare alternative program formats, such as Braille.

To request a large print or Braille program in advance, please email or call our ticket office: 301.405.ARTS (2787).

Audio Described Performances

With at least three weeks notice before a TDPS theatre production, you may request an audio description, which is a concise narration of onstage action broadcast via an FM receiver.

This service is subject to the availability of a qualified describer.

To request an audio description, please email or call our ticket office: 301.405.2787.

Sign Language Interpretation

With at least three weeks of advance notice, you may request sign language interpretation for any performance.

This service is subject to the availability of suitable seating and of a qualified interpreter.

To request a sign language interpretation, please email or call our ticket office: 301.405.2787.

 Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Entrances

Please request accessible seating when ordering your tickets.

Our ticket office staff is trained to help you select seating that best meets your individual needs. We can assist you, whether you would like to remain in your wheelchair or transfer to a theatre seat. Additionally, we can help you find suitable seating if you do not use a wheelchair but want to avoid stairs.

The Clarice’s main entrance is equipped with power doors, and each of our six venues has accessible entrances. Our house managers are happy to   direct you to the accessible entrance closest to your seat.

Near our Kogod Theatre, you will find an elevator, which you can use to access the balcony level, and next to the Kay Theatre, you’ll find a ramp to access the lower levels of the Dance and Kay Theatres.


The UMD Department of Transportation designates both free and paid parking spots for vehicles with valid DMV disability parking permits:

  • Free: Designated parking spots may be found on Valley Drive, between The Clarice and the Stadium Drive Parking Garage.
  • Paid: Designated parking spaces are located in the Stadium Drive Garage. Please pre-pay for your parking space using a pay station or the automated phone system. Because these parking spaces have no time limits, they still require payment and time is not doubled.

These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking is managed by the UMD Department of Transportation and the information we post here may change at any time.

For more information, please visit our Parking and Directions webpage.

Accessible Restrooms

All restrooms in The Clarice Smith Center are wheelchair accessible.

Our restrooms are conveniently located in four areas around the Grand Pavilion: across from the ticket office, outside the Dance Theatre (both levels) and at the top of the Grand Pavilion Staircase across from Applause Café.

We also offer a single use companion restroom on the balcony level near the Kay Theatre.

Our ushers will be happy to direct you to the accessible restroom closest to your theatre.