Sensory Friendly Theatre (SFT)

Brought to you by The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Sensory Friendly Theatre (SFT) is a series of live performances specially designed and adapted for children with autism and similar sensory sensitivity. The Board's continued support of the series is greatly appreciated, and reflects the steady growth of arts education in our community.

Expanding public recreation opportunities for children with autism and other disabilities was Union County Freeholder Alexander Mirabella’s “Putting People First” initiative when he served as Chairman in 2012, which resulted in the creation of the Sensory Friendly Theatre series. Current Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter has extended the program under her 2013 initiatives.

The Union County community has so much to offer in terms of enriching experiences in the performing arts, and Sensory Friendly Theatre helps to ensure that these fundamental enjoyments of life are available to all of our citizens,” says Carter.

This unique performance series is designed and adapted in cooperation with the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Autism Friendly Spaces, LLC and the Union County Performing Arts Center. For each of the special performances in the Sensory Friendly Theatre series, the child's environment is adjusted to provide a sensory-friendly, comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families.




Sunday, September 212014 • 2:00 PM

Held at the UCPAC Mainstage

Sunday, November 23 2014 • 2:00 PM

Held at the UCPAC Mainstage
  Jim West's DINOSAURS

Sunday, January 11, 2015 • 2:00 PM

Held at the UCPAC Mainstage
  The Berenstain Bears in

Sunday, March 292015 • 2:00 PM

Held at the UCPAC Mainstage

Sunday, May 32015 • 2:00 PM

Held at the UCPAC Mainstage


What to expect at a Sensory Friendly Theatre event

Each performance will run 60 minutes with no intermission.

Seating is general admission and a limited number of tickets will be sold
to maintain a comfortably-sized audience at each performance.

Lights will remain up inside the theatre auditorium.

Sound volume will be lowered and remain constant to prevent abrupt, jarring sounds.

Children will be free to talk and vocalize as they wish.

Children may only leave their seats under parental or guardian supervision.

A private area will be available where children and their families can relax in our theatre's cafe.
Fidget and stress sensory toys will be available for children to borrow as needed.

Professional Autism specialists will be available throughout the performance
to provide assistance as requested or needed.

A "This Is My Theatre" Social Story Picture Packet may be downloaded here.
Families are encouraged to use this packet to help acquaint their children with
the experience of going to a live performance.

Autism Friendly Spaces, LLC (AFS) is our consulting organization - one that serves as a creative catalyst of change by working directly with families and neighborhood institutions, enabling communities to become more inclusive. AFS understands the feeling of isolation and frustrations that families with autism face on a daily basis, and aims to provide these families with greater opportunities to take part in enjoyable and valued community activities.

We acknowledge and thank the following organizations for their input in developing this series of performances. Please visit them online to learn more about their programs and services.









Website content ©Union County Performing Arts Center. All rights reserved.