A Showcase of Accessible Services for Theater

Illustrated through a special staging of "Project Potential"

Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) & Theater on the Lake present

An Accessible Services Showcase for Theater:

Project Potential by Isaac Gomez

Directed by Laura Alcalá Baker

CCAC and Theater on the Lake are proud to partner with playwright Isaac Gomez and director Laura Alcalá Baker to present a showcase of accessible services for live performance for guests with different disabilities.

Through a live staging of Gomez’s 10-minute play, Project Potential, this workshop will demonstrate the presentation of Audio Description, American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation, Open Captioning and Relaxed performance. Following a performance of the play, members of the creative, production, access and audience teams will discuss the fundamentals employed in each accessible service – occasionally doing a live rewind with the actors to illustrate. Following this two-hour session, attendees will be invited to participate in an optional Q + A with the entire team.

Archived Event Videos

Project Potential Part 1
Part 2, American Sign Language
Part 3, Open Captioning
Part 4, Audio Description
Part 5, Guest Experience
Part 6, Production & Artistic Direction

Archived Event Files

Archived Event Speakers

CCAC and Theater on the Lake present A Showcase of Accessible Services for Theater illustrated through a special staging of PROJECT POTENTIAL


Directed by Laura Alcalá Baker


  • Erica Cruz Hernández as Belinda
  • Leslie Sophia Perez as Adeline
  • Rachel Arfa (Expert User and Consultant)
  • Michelle E. Benda (Expert User and Consultant)
  • Matthew Bivins (Caption Manager and Designer)
  • Lindsay Jean Drexler (Caption Designer and Expert User)
  • Beth Finke (Expert User and Consultant)
  • havalah grace (ASL Manager)
  • Charlotte “Chuck” Gruman (Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly Manager, Expert User and Consultant)
  • Jason Harrington (Facilitator)
  • Evan Hatfield (Producer)
  • Foxhole Creative ® (Video Production)
  • Gaby Labotka (Fight Choreographer)
  • Eddie Medrano (Production Manager)
  • Jack Miggins (Audio Description Manager)
  • Hillary Pearson (Producer and Audience Experience Manager)
  • Casey Peek (Stage Manager)
  • Lizzy Rangel (ASL Interpreter for Adeline)
  • Susan Elizabeth Rangel (ASL Master and Interpreter for Belinda)


  • Cathy Rajcan (Realtime Captioning)
  • Jennifer McElroy (ASL Interpreter)
  • Leandra Williams (ASL Interpreter)


  • Sarah Beals (Production Manager)
  • David Goodman-Edberg (AV Manager)
  • Angelique Grandone (Managing Director)
  • Manny Ortiz (Technical Director)


  • ACS Interpreting and Training Services (ASL Interpreter placement: acscaptions.com)
  • Harris Theater for Music and Dance
  • Horizons for the Blind (Braille printing: horizons-blind.org)
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company