ADF does not discriminate on the basis of ability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, or activities. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to safely participate in all services, programs, and activities. It is the policy of the American Dance Festival to ensure that all individuals are treated equally and that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, political affiliation, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, or ability, be excluded from safely participating in our programs.


For ADF’s educational programs, ADF offers equal opportunity of admission to all applicants. For any questions please contact school@americandancefestival.org.

Please see below for detailed information about each venue, parking, and more.

What accessible seating options are available in your venues?

Duke University provides accessible seating in each performance space, including wheelchair-accessible seating and designated aisle seats.

The Fruit is accessible to wheelchair users. Ushers are strategically placed to assist with ease of access and crowd flow throughout the space.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Amphitheater offers wheelchair seating. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms will also be available.

The Chelsea Theater is handicap accessible and equipped with wheelchair-accessible seating.

The Jones Auditorium at Meredith College offers reserved accessible and companion seating at mid-house in the center and on the sides. There is ramp access to an automatic door into the Jones Auditorium Lobby. The accessible restroom for Jones Auditorium is located in the backstage hallway on the same level as the house. Ushers are available to assist.

How do I purchase accessible seating?

Accessible seating may be purchased online, over the phone, or in person at the Box Office.

The location of accessible seats varies with each space and is based on availability at time of purchase. If you order tickets online and have additional requests for accommodation beyond what can be indicated online, please e-mail tickets@duke.edu or call 919-684-4444 during normal business hours and ask to speak to a supervisor.

Where are accessible parking options near your venues?

Page Auditorium and Reynolds Industries Theater:
Accessible parking spaces are located in the Bryan Center Parking Lot and in Parking Garage IV. There is a drop-off area in the Bryan Center Lot/Traffic Circle.

Automatic door openers with remote control capability are located at the walkway and circle entrances. An accessible pathway leads from the parking/drop-off area to the accessible ramped entrance via a slightly sloped sidewalk. The Duke University Box Office is located on the upper level of the Bryan Center. Elevators are located inside the building.

View Accessible Parking Map for Page Auditorium

View Accessible Parking Map for Reynolds Industries Theater


Rubenstein Arts Center, von der Heyden Studio Theater:
ADA parking is available in the Duke Performances lot adjacent to the Rubenstein Arts Center on a first-come basis at all times. On weekends, the Duke Gardens Weekend Overflow lot is open across Anderson Street from the Ruby and includes ADA spaces as well (also referred to as the Duke University Campus Drive/H lot). We do not encourage parking in the lot for the Nasher Museum of Art.

View Accessible Parking Map for Rubenstein Arts Center


Nasher Museum of Art:
Prior to parking, visitors may be dropped off at the 700 Anderson Street entrance, where three accessible parking spots are available. The museum’s lower parking lot has eight accessible parking spots. For assistance or more information, please call 919-684-5135.

View Accessible Parking Map for Nasher Museum of Art


The Fruit:
The venue has a few allotted handicap parking spaces next to a ramped entryway. Parking is available free of charge (after 6 PM during the week and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday) in the parking lot for Durham Health and Human Services located at E. Main St. and S. Dillard St.; the entrance to the lot is off of S. Dillard St. Additionally, there is nearby street parking on Ramseur St. and S. Dillard St.


North Carolina Museum of Art:
Visitor parking is free and available in the Blue Ridge lots, on the right after entering the Museum drive. Additional parking is located behind West Building, on the left after entering the Museum drive. Free ADA-compliant parking is available. The most accessible parking is behind West Building.Visitor drop-off is located between West and East Buildings and can be reached by turning left after entering the Museum drive and following the signs.

ADF Samuel H. Scripps Studios:
We are located on the second floor, accessible by elevator or stairs. There is ample free parking (including two handicap parking spots) in the lot connected to our building.


Jones Auditorium at Meredith College:
There are four designated accessible parking spaces in Lot 1 with van access and sidewalk cutaways. Lot 1 is located between Jones Chapel and Johnson Hall on the left side of Campus Drive. 


What vision impairment accommodations do you offer?

If you are in need of seats closer to the front of the theater for a performance due to a vision impairment, ticket orders can be placed in a variety of ways. If the performance offers reserved seating and you find seats that meet your needs online, you may purchase your tickets there. If you find that there are no seats available online that meet your needs, contact the Duke University Box Office by phone so that we can assist you with your order.

For general admission performances, please contact the University Box Office at least one business day in advance to request seats near the front of the theater. They will reserve a space for you and up to three companions.

Large print programs are available at all venues and can be reserved by calling 919-684-6402, or printed from the appropriate company webpage typically 2–3 days before each performance.


What are my options for Assisted Listening Devices?

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available at Duke venues (Page Auditorium, Reynolds Industries Theater, and the von der Heyden).

You can request an ALD in advance by contacting the Duke University Box Office or when you arrive at the event by notifying an usher upon entry. Please arrive in the venue lobby at least 15 minutes prior to the start time to ensure we have enough time to meet your request without disrupting the performance.

Sign Interpreters, Audio Descriptions, and other services must be requested at least three weeks in advance of the event date and are based on availability.

Free ALDs are also available at the Chelsea Theater for many films and may be obtained at the concessions counter.




If you have any further questions regarding accessibility at the American Dance Festival, please contact ADF at adf@americandancefestival.org.