New assistive listening system expands access to theatre’s work


BANGOR, ME-Penobscot Theatre Company recently installed a state-of-the-art assistive listening system staff describe as a game-changer for many patrons. With personal transmitters and radio wave technology, patrons who are hard of hearing may now sit anywhere in the house and fully enjoy the show.
“Accessibility is a priority and our old assistive listening devices were increasingly problematic,” said Production Manager Bob Rogers. “The new system includes a stationary transmitter that connects to our main sound system, so we can now broadcast a high-quality audio signal to users’ receivers. They can listen through the ear buds provided or through their hearing aids.” The devices are available at the box office upon request.
“We’re working constantly to improve our audience’s experience,” said Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport, “and we invested heavily in our sound system this year, a crucial component. Each season is a blend of rich musicals and dramatic works with layers of intricate sound, and we don’t want our patrons to miss a beat!”
For more information about the theatre’s 2015-2016 season, educational programs, and special productions, visit the theatre’s website


Amy Roeder

About Amy Roeder

Director of Education – Amy Roeder is pleased to be joining the staff at PTC. Amy received her BFA in theatre from the University of Evansville and her Master of Fine Arts in acting from The University of Georgia. She recently relocated to Bangor from Chicago where she taught and performed with famed comedy institution The Second City. Local audiences may have seen her onstage with Improv Acadia in Bar Harbor where she has been a company member since 2005. Amy has performed all over the country including at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park and with the Improv Asylum in Boston. In addition to teaching acting and improvisation classes all over the world, Amy is also designs and facilitates workshops in improvisational techniques for businesses. Amy hates writing in the third person.