The Cell Theatre Reviews
Oct 20, 2015
The Cell Theater in Manhattan is a spacious, light filled room a convenient distance away from the Penn Station subway stop. With an incline into the building and only offices on its second floor, there are no stairs which is ideal for artists who are mobility or visually impaired. Seating is provided by removable folding chairs so there’s also a minimum of obstacles around the room, which is extremely well lit. The only staircase on premises leads to the basement, which can serve as a storage and changing space. However, a curtain in front of the performance area can be closed so both those processes can be circumvented. Two bathrooms and a kitchen are also available for performer use on the main floor, but the doorways of each bathroom are too narrow for wheelchair transfers or power chair entry. Faucets and door handles in both bathrooms can be operated with a closed fist.
The Cell is not generally open as a rehearsal space, only for performance, and the floors are not ideal for dance. (Cardboard can be put down for short dance pieces.) However, all types of art pieces are welcomed. A strong membership base provides receptive, welcoming audiences. The venue’s mission aims to promote diverse artists, so the staff is wonderfully warm and supportive of any extra amenities you might need. This space has become almost like a home to me when producing and showing work that speaks directly to the disabled experience.
This review was written by a disabled artist.
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