The Amberlee Fund: Accessibility Elevated

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Please join us in making SLAC more accessible for all. While our stage is dark, we have chosen to take this time to build back better. When we welcome audiences back to the theatre, we want to welcome everyone. We are excited to announce The Amberlee Fund: Accessibility Elevated, our accessibility capital campaign. This major reconstruction will include the installation of an elevator, making the Upstairs Theatre and Green Room wheelchair accessible, a remodel of the lobby and restrooms, an updated accessible restroom, a renovation of our Relief Society Building (SLAC's outbuilding which houses actor dressing rooms) to allow actors who use wheelchairs access. In addition to making our building fully wheelchair accessible for both patrons and theatre artists, SLAC is dedicated to making our programming accessible through the following accommodations:

  • Closed Captioning
  • Audio Descriptions
  • ASL Performances
  • Updated Hearing Devices
  • A Redesigned Website, Optimized for Those with Accessibility Needs
  • Accommodations for Patrons with Sensory Sensitivity
  • Staff Training

This lifechanging campaign is named after SLAC’s late patron, Amberlee Hatton-Ward. Amberlee, who used a wheelchair and an alternative means of communication, was a frequent attendee of SLAC’s annual children’s productions prior to her passing in 2019. Because the theatre company’s 130-year old building (a former LDS ward house) did not feature an elevator, Amberlee’s mother, Shauna, would bring several people with her to carry Amberlee into SLAC’s Upstairs Theatre each year. When Amberlee passed away, SLAC began conversations with Shauna to determine a means for the theatre company to properly memorialize Amberlee by eliminating the barriers present in its building, allowing Amberlee’s “Little Buddies” to attend performances.

“Amberlee has brought so much love to so many and will always remain a steadfast reminder of what is truly important in this life,” said Shauna Rasmussen Hatton-Ward. “Our love and gratitude will always shine upon SLAC for embracing all individuals with various hardships and difficulties and for providing a temporary shelter of love and joy during every performance.”

Please join us in this historic project. We have exciting naming opportunities that will help you leave a lasting legacy at Salt Lake Acting Company.

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