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Mickey Rowe

Mickey Rowe
As an autistic and legally blind person, it was always made clear to Mickey the many things he was incapable of doing. But Mickey did them all anyway – and he succeeded because of, not despite, his autism.

He became the first autistic actor to play the lead role in the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, landed the title role in the play Amadeus, co-created the theatre/philanthropy company Arts on the Waterfront, and founded the National Disability Theatre.

Mickey faced untold obstacles along the way, but his story ends in triumph. Mickey inspires all people – autistic and non-autistic alike – that the things that make us different are often our biggest strengths.

Mickey has been featured in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, the Today show, PBS, Vogue, Playbill, NPR, CNN, Wall Street Journal, HuffPost, Forbes, on Smarter in Seconds. He has been a keynote speaker at organizations including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, Yale University, Columbia University, CUNY, Disability Rights Washington, The Gershwin Theatre on Broadway, and the DAC of the South Korean government, and more.

He is the author of Fearlessly Different: An Autistic Actor’s Journey to Broadway’s Biggest Stage.

Mickey was the founding artistic director of the National Disability Theatre, working in partnership with Tony Award-winning companies such as La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.