Profile picture for user mrowe
Mickey Rowe

Mickey Rowe was the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone in the Tony Award winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This also made him the first autistic actor to get to play any autistic character ever professionally. He has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, Teen Vogue, Playbill, NPR, CNN, Huffington Post, Salon, has keynoted at organizations including Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Yale School of Drama, The Gershwin Theatre and more.

Mickey Rowe is the founder and co-executive director of National Disability Theatre. His company National Disability Theater has partnered with La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago to create new professional productions written by playwrights with disabilities, including Pulitzer Prize finalists playwright Christopher Shinn, which will feature only artists. artisans, and designers, with disabilities, and use universal design not only to create full audience access around disability, but also re-imagining disability culture and universal design as key storytelling and design elements.

Up next he will be starring as Mozart in Peter Shaffer's Tony Award winning play Amadeus. He is completing his MFA in Artistic Leadership. Mickey is a juggler, stilt walker, unicyclist, hat manipulator, acrobat, and more.

A man is sitting holding a phone up to his ear while a toddler sleeps on him. The toddler is holding a rainbow colored stuffed animal.
Redefining “Radical” In Terms of How We Support Parents
Essay

Redefining “Radical” In Terms of How We Support Parents

4 December 2019

Mickey Rowe, co-founder and co–executive director of National Disability Theatre, talks about the difficulties of being a single parent with disabilities and working in theatre.

A man in blue suit is speaking in a large conference room. Next to him is a woman in a green blouse and behind them is a woman in black suit ASL interpreting. They are all in front of a curtain which is lit in blues and yellows.
Nothing About Us Without Us
Essay

Nothing About Us Without Us

Innovation, Creativity, and Inclusion in Professional Theatre

26 May 2019

Talleri A. McRae and Mickey Rowe, co-founders of the National Disability Theatre, introduce their series “The Future of Theatre is Accessible,” talk about some key takeaways from the upcoming articles, and discuss how language is a barrier to inclusion.

The Power of Authenticity
Essay

The Power of Authenticity

Disability On Stage and Off in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

22 November 2017

Talleri McRae interviews actors Mickey Rowe and Landon G. Woodson from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time about casting actors with disabilities play disabled characters, and the power of inclusive casting. 

Our Differences are Our Strengths
Essay

Our Differences are Our Strengths

Neurodiversity in Theatre

2 May 2015

Putting his dichotomies to work, Mickey Rowe explains how his autism helps him to be a better actor.

The Future of Theatre is Accessible
two actors onstage
Series

The Future of Theatre is Accessible

Accessible and inclusive theatre is not new. Nevertheless, more often than not, theatre companies today that are striving to include the disability community do so by welcoming disabled actors to their stages and disabled audiences to their performances.