Planning your visit to Next Stage

Check out our list of information and tips to get the most out of your Next Stage experience!



The productions in the Next Stage Digital Series make use of a range of platforms to deliver live and pre-recorded performances.

For Live Performances:

Patrons will be sent a unique Gather link in an email 24 hours before the performance start time, and again 1 hour before the performance starts. Use the link to enter the Gather map up to 15 minutes before the performance start time. It is not necessary to have Gather account, nor to download anything prior to the performance. Gather will automatically open in a new tab on your browser. Ensure you are joining from a laptop or desktop computer. Gather is not optimized for mobile devices. you will be prompted to create an avatar, a digital character that represents you in Gather. Additionally, you will be asked to enter a name for your avatar.  Please use your first name and last initial for your avatar name. is an immersive, interactive platform. Patrons attending a Gather performance will be able to turn on their camera and mic, please turn on these permissions when prompted upon entering Gather. Patrons will also be able to use the chat function.
Use the arrow keys or the letters W, A, S, and D on your keyboard to move around the space. As you get closer to other attendees' avatars, you will be able to see their video and hear their audio. As you move your avatar away from other attendees, their sound and video will gradually fade away. Click here to download a detailed Gather access guide.

Gather Accessibility Information

Captions are available through your Chrome browser. Download Google Chrome. Click here to view instructions to download Google Chrome. works best on Google Chrome. To enable the captions, go into your browser “Settings” > “Advanced” > “Accessibility” > “Live Caption”. Once you toggle over the “Live Caption”, captions should automatically appear at the bottom of your window.  For a more detailed, step by step guide on how to enable captions, use this link.

Patrons attending with a personal support worker or interpreter may opt to use the Follow Feature. When in Follow Mode, you automatically follow the person you chose to follow. To exit follow mode, press any arrow key to move away from the other person.

Gather is working to improve the screen reader experience, but at this time it is not optimal for common screen readers.

Zoom Webinar
Patrons will be sent a unique Zoom Webinar link in an email 24 hours before the performance start time, and again 1 hour before the performance starts. Use the link to launch the Zoom webinar up to 15 minutes before the performance start time. It is not necessary to have a Zoom user account already, nor to download anything prior to the performance. The Zoom app will automatically launch. You can access Zoom Webinar using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone device. If you are not using an existing Zoom account, you will be prompted to provide your name and email address to join.
Patrons attending a Zoom Webinar performance will be able to use the chat function to interact with the show. Patrons will not be able to turn on their camera or microphones.

Zoom Webinar Accessibility Information

Zoom features automatic captioning. Once they have been enabled by the host, click Closed Caption to start viewing closed captioning. To adjust the caption size: Next to Start Video / Stop Video, click the up arrow. Select Video Settings, then click Accessibility. Under Closed Captions, move the slider to adjust the caption size.

Zoom supports common screen readers such as NVDA, JAWS, VoiceOver, and Android Talkback.

Zoom supports keyboard shortcuts for navigation, and provides keyboard shortcuts that are customizable and can be enabled globally. To ensure full keyboard support within the desktop meeting client, the toolbar must be set to not automatically hide.

Vimeo via
After purchasing a ticket, patrons only need to log in to their account to access the on-demand productions in the Digital Series, which are Stories of a Dish and The Sunglasses Monologue. Video content is streamed via an embedded Vimeo player found on the show’s page. The content will be available for ticket-holders to stream anytime between 5:00pm ET, January 19, 2022 and 11:59pm ET on January 30, 2022.

Vimeo Accessibility Information

Vimeo supports closed captions and subtitles. All videos presented in Next Stage are required to be accompanied by closed captions.

Vimeo supports common screen readers.

Vimeo supports keyboard shortcuts for navigation

Read more about access measures here.


You can find all our show programs here


We are committed to making our events as accessible as possible. To learn more about Accessibility at Next Stage and Fringe, visit the Access Measures page on our website.

Digital content presented at Next Stage meets the following requirements:

Transcripts: Audio pieces are accompanied by PDF transcript documents that are compatible with screen-readers.

Captions: Live digital events will have auto-transcribed captioning. Pre-recorded videos will have Closed Captions.

Screen Readers: All published PDFs will adhere to best practices for accessibility and will be compatible with screen-readers. 

Some Next Stage productions in the Digital Series are providing additional access measures. Click here for detailed information about the type of accessible performances that are be available in the Digital Series, as well as a full list of performances that will offer additional access measures.

Next Stage Community

Be sure to join us throughout the festival for free, engaging events and conversations.

Pull Back the Curtain: How to Craft a Career in the Arts – January 23,  Online

This presentation is for youth ages 14-19.

Pressure-free Networking for Emerging Theatre Professionals – January 23,  Online

In Conversation

Many artists in this festival want to engage you in active discussions about their work. Some companies will offer a post-show talkback following select performances for a Q&A or conversation. Look for shows followed by a TALKBACK in the Festival Schedule, or on the shows’ listing of performance times on the event pages.

Return to the Next Stage About Page