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Achievement Award received by PST and Nathan Ruggles

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The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the 2022 Achievement Awards in Audio Description, an initiative of the Council’s Audio Description Project (ADP).

The awards will be presented on July 4 during ACB’s 61st annual conference and convention, held as a hybrid event from June 23 through July 8, 2022.

Achievement in Audio Description - Performing Arts/Organization: Prime Stage Theatre with Nathan Ruggles, Audio Describer, Pittsburgh, PA

ARTICLE: Trib LIVE: Prime Stage earns American Council of the Blind award for audio description services

Congratulations Prime Stage and Nathan!

Accessibility Questions? Contact our Accessibility Coordinator Debi Sciranka .

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article: Pittsburgh's Prime Stage Theatre gains new sensory inclusion status

More Information: Prime Stage Accessibility Programs (pdf)

Prime Stage Theatre is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all patrons. Please identify any special seating needs to our Box Office staff when reserving your tickets in advance on-line or by calling Prime Stage Public Performance Box Office at the New Hazlett 412.320.4610


The Second Sunday of each production we offer On-Stage Pre-Show, Actor Voice ID, and/or Touch Tour at 1:30PM, Audio Pre-Show at 2:15PM, and Performance at 2:30PM

We feature our Audio Description for those who are blind or visually impaired. During the performance, all action and physical appearances will be described by Nathan Ruggles of Audio Describe

Audio Description (or AD) helps to make visual imagery accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Visual elements can include costumes, sets, and character appearances, along with action, gestures, facial expressions, and other visually important images. It’s used to enhance understanding and enjoyment of live performance.


With our enGAGE program streaming links only

Our closed captions with Prime Online streaming, are a text version of the spoken part of a of the production and is used to aid hearing-impaired people and is useful when audio cannot be heard.


The Second Sunday of each production at 2:30PM.

Prime Stage is pleased to offer American Sign Language interpreted performances with two certified interpreters, Heather Gray and Jennifer Flaggs.


The Second Saturday of each production at 2:30PM.

Our Sensory Inclusive Performance is a family experience. We provide a social story with pre-theater preparatory activities for the person with a sensory, social, or learning disability so the person begins to understand and anticipate what might happen at a performing arts experience.

Prime Stage Theatre staff is certified for Sensory Inclusive with KultureCity


Autism Society of Pittsburgh -
Bandtogether Pittsburgh -
Parents in Toto -
Slippery Rock University Special Education Program -

Sensory Inclusion Partners

Autism Society of Pittsburgh
Slippery Rock University Special Education Department
TDF - Theatre Development Fund


Allegheny Health Network
Jack Buncher Foundation
Snee-Rinehardt Charitable Foundation
The Fine Foundation
Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust