Elena SV Flys returns to Auburn as Accessibility Coordinator for 'Alabama Love Stories'

Elena SV Flys returns to Auburn as Accessibility Coordinator for 'Alabama Love Stories'

Elena SV Flys is an assistant Professor in Arts Administration at Eastern Michigan University and is excited to be returning to Auburn as our first ever Accessibility Coordinator! Elena received a Masters of Arts in Spanish from Auburn University and also spent a lot of her time in the theatre department. Elena’s relationship with Auburn Theatre first started as an assistant stage manager for Harvey. After that, she worked with Auburn University’s Mosaic Theatre Company as the stage manager and assistant director for all their shows.


After graduating, Elena accepted a position as Coordinator for the Arts and Cultural Management Program at Northern Arizona University where she was also an Assistant Professor of Practice. In 2017, she become an assistant professor at Eastern Michigan University and their resident accessibility coordinator. Elena’s efforts to make theatre accessible to all began when she received the Faculty Research Fellowship grant. This was a yearlong grant to design accessibility performances for EMU. It also included creating an Accessibility Handbook that would follow all necessary protocol for performances offering access services.


Her most recent work includes accessibility designs for EMU’s productions of Much Ado About Nothing and James and the Giant Peach. She also designed for the production of Lo Fingido Verdadero at the International Festival of Golden Age Period Theatre of Almagro. In 2013, Elena’s dissertation on Theatre Accessibility was highlighted as some of the most relevant research in developing new theatrical codes for accessibility in the “Guide to Theatre Accessibility” of the Ministry of Social Services, Health, and Equality of Spain. Last year, her most recent publication “ADA and Communication Accessibility in Theatre” was published in CultureWork, a publication of the University of Oregon Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy.


Elena will be designing two performances for Alabama Love Stories this coming month that will include an Accessible Performance on Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 PM and a Sensory-Friendly Performance on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:30 PM. For more information about these performances please visit the Access Services Page.


To purchase tickets for Alabama Love Stories visit theatretickets.auburn.edu or call the Box Office at 334-844-4154.


  • Thurs. April, 11 @ 7:30pm
  • Fri. April, 12 @ 7:30pm
  • Sat. April, 13 @ 7:30pm - Accessible Performance
  • Sun. April, 14 @ 2:30pm
  • Tues. April, 16 @ 7:30pm - Sensory-Friendly Performance
  • Wed. April, 17 @ 7:30pm
  • Thurs. April, 18 @ 7:30pm*
  • Fri. April, 19 @ 7:30pm
  • Sat. April, 20 @ 7:30pm

    *Talkback Thursday


Make sure to stay tuned for more features on the professional artists that visit Auburn University Theatre. We proudly welcome several guest artists throughout the year that enrich the theatrical experiences of both the students and faculty.

Last Updated: April 04, 2019