Kansas City Ballet is dedicated to providing an accessible and enjoyable experience to all patrons with disabilities.
The Kauffman Center for Performing Arts is an accessible facility. It has more accessible parking than the Americans with Disabilities Act requires with easy elevator access to the Brandmeyer Hall lobby. The Muriel Kauffman Theatre has a myriad of accessible seating options for our patrons with disabilities. We want you to have the best possible performance experience!
All performances of Kansas City Ballet are accessible to people with special needs. Adjacent companion seats are also available in the same area. If you purchase a wheelchair seat, the seat will be removed to make space for your wheelchair. The Kauffman Center has elevator access to all levels. When ordering tickets online, please look for the seats that have the wheelchair or asterisk symbol or simply mark that you need an accessible seat when purchasing best available. You may also consult the Kansas City Ballet Box Office at 816.931.8993 to determine your best and most accessible seating options.
Two drop-off areas allow guests to easily access the center: one on 16th Street to the north, another from the private drive just south of the building. Both of these should be accessed from the west side of the complex off Broadway. Handicapped parking slots in the Arts District Garage are close to building access points; pathways are obvious, well-marked and ample. It is connected to and underneath the Kauffman Center on the south. Purchase parking here.
Public Elevator Access
Several elevators in the Brandmeyer Great Hall make the center fully accessible.
Braille and Tactile Signage
Signage conforms to ADA standards, meaning major support and life safety spaces, such as stairs and restrooms, are identified with tactile and Braille signs. Elevator panels and jambs provide raised letters and Braille text as well.
Assisted Listening Devices
Headphones with assisted listening devices are available for use during all ballet performances for hearing impaired patrons. These can be requested at the Gift Shop on Level 4. There is no charge but a driver’s license or credit card is required and will be held until the equipment is returned.
Accommodations for Nursing Mothers
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts supports nursing mothers by providing a dedicated space to express milk. The room has comfortable seating, an electrical wall outlet and a monitor to view the performance. You may reserve this room in advance by calling the Center’s box office at 816.994.7222. However, access to this room is also available without prior reservations by speaking to a staff member or volunteer during your visit.
Bag Check Policy
All bags and persons entering the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts are subject to search. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts management reserves the right to refuse any item deemed a potential safety or security risk or with the potential to be a distraction to the event being held.
Any item carried into the Kauffman Center that is larger than 12 inches on any side and backpacks (including string backpacks) are prohibited. Patrons with prohibited items have two options:
- The item may be returned to their vehicle.
- The item may be left at the Kauffman Center’s Coat Check located on the Plaza Lobby Level. A visual inspection of item contents will occur in the patron’s presence.
Unattended items left anywhere in the facility will be inspected and taken to the Security Office to ensure patron safety.
For more Kauffman Center accessibility and policies, click here.
We are committed to providing assistance to those with disabilities.
Please call our Box Office Manager Brenda Crowe at 816.931.1348 anytime to ask questions or to get information regarding accessibility. If you are hearing impaired or hard of hearing, you can get help with telephone access by using the free relay service – 711.