State Theatre New Jersey’s Sensory-Friendly Performances allow schools with students on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities to enjoy high-quality live entertainment in a safe, welcoming, sensory-friendly environment.

At a Sensory-Friendly Performance You Will Find:

  • Lighting and sound levels are modulated to reduce anxiety and stress.
  • A judgment-free environment, with a relaxed attitude toward the noise and moving around during the show.
  • A separate break area with soft seating, fidget toys, and activities.
  • Ushers and volunteers who have been specially trained to assist you.
  • A social story is provided in advance to help you prepare your child for your trip to the theater.

Upcoming Sensory-Friendly Performances for Schools

More Info for The Gruffalo's Child
Performances for Schools

The Gruffalo's Child

Tall Stories

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2025
More Info for Underneath a Magical Moon
Performances for Schools

Underneath a Magical Moon

Tutti Frutti

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2025

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If you would like to make an impact through the power of live performance, please make a contribution here or contact Randy Walker at

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Sensory-Friendly Performances are made possible in part by The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, and The Wawa Foundation.

Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.