Accessible Theatre

Donors Help Create a More Accessible Hart House

Generous donors are making an important contribution to Hart House’s efforts to become more accessible to today’s U of T student. The William and Nona Heaslip Foundation and the Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation made critical contributions to help make Hart House Theatre more welcoming.

The interpersonal skills, social capital, and pressure-free learning environment that students discover at Hart House are more important than ever for their future success. That is why Hart House’s top priority is to ensure that all students feel they belong and can benefit from what Hart House has to offer.

For people with mobility challenges, hearing or visual impairments, and their companions, accessing the wonderful performances at Hart House Theatre can be challenging.

In the winter of 2016, Hart House successful secured a grant from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, to fund up to 1/3 of a series of capital projects enhancing accessibility features of Hart House Theatre. These projects included: improved wheelchair seating in the auditorium; acquisition of hearing-assist technology; installation of a new ramp on the east entrance to Hart House, along with improved lighting; leveling and ramping of the north laneway between Tower Road and Queen’s Park; and critical upgrades to Hart House’s only passenger elevator. Taken together, these improvements will help Hart House Theatre welcome additional guests into its space, and improve the guest-experience for many more.

The William and Nona Heaslip Foundation and the Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation made critical contributions to this project. Their generous donations were instrumental in supporting these projects. They continue a long legacy of donors helping Hart House deliver its promise to all U of T students.


To learn more about the theatre’s accessibility improvements, or how you can help lower the barriers to entry for U of T students at Hart House, please contact Peter Wambera, peter.wambera@utoronto.ca or 416-946-3993.

If you would like to help improve accessibility at Hart House, please make your donation to the Revitalization Fund at donate.utoronto.ca/harthouse