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sensory friendly performanceAutism-Friendly Performances are designed and intended for families with children having autism or other developmental disabilities. This program is designed and planned in cooperation with Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team. At these performances the theater environment will be altered, providing a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for these families. 

The Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team: Linda S. Meyer Ed.D., MPA , BCBA-D, CPT ; Kelly A. Carlile M.A. BCBA; Jeffrey Jacobs M.A. BCBA.

Autism-Friendly Performances are recommended for those families bringing a loved one having a developmental disability, and their teachers and advocates who are familiar with and accepting of behaviors exhibited by some children with autism.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Autism-Friendly Performances at the bottom of this page.

Scroll down to see details on upcoming autism-friendly performances.

Autism-Friendly accommodations Include:

  • Online resource materials: sequence book on
  • BYO reinforcements and motivational systems
  • House lights on, but dimmed, inside the theater
  • Consistent sound level and lower volume
  • Kids are free to talk and to leave their seat
  • Show runs about one hour
  • Activity Area with Chill-Out zone provided
  • Gender-neutral family bathrooms
  • BYO snacks & drinks
  • On-site support teams

View the video playlists below or select individual videos from our media gallery.

Family Videos


Student Videos



At some performances the audience will be video recorded and studied by professional behavior analysts to help provide future guests with the best possible experience. All recordings will remain confidential and will not be viewed by anyone other than the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team and a select team of professionals.


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Theater for Everyone is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Merck Company Foundation, and C.R. Bard Foundation. Funding for Paper Mill Playhouse Education & Outreach is provided by MetLife Foundation.
Theater for Everyone is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Paper Mill Playhouse is a not-for-profit arts organization.

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