Mickey Rowe (he/him) is the founder and co–executive director of National Disability Theatre. His company 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. He has been featured in the New York Times, Teen Vogue, Playbill, Huffington Post, and Salon and on PBS, NPR, and CNN, and has keynoted at organizations including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Yale School of Drama, and the Gershwin Theatre. Mickey 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. Mickey is a juggler, stilt walker, unicyclist, hat manipulator, acrobat, and more, and is completing his MFA in artistic leadership.
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.