Founder & Artistic Director of National Disability Theatre
Mickey Rowe (he/him) has had a prolific and varied career as an actor, director and public speaker; now highly sought after both nationally and internationally. He was the epicenter of significant publicity when he became the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone, the lead role 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 ever play any autistic character in a professional performance setting. He has appeared as the title role in the Tony Award winning play “Amadeus” and more. Read More >
Actor With Autism Takes Center Stage | Great Big Story
Why Autistic Actors Should Be Cast In More Roles | Huffington Post
Mozart Meets the Emperor and Salieri | Amadeus
Mickey empowers educators with the best practices of Universal Design and emboldens all students to succeed regardless of their challenges.
Mickey speaks to the power of diversity in our workplaces and in our world.
Mickey shows that when we think creatively and bravely, that it is actually our differences and perceived weaknesses that are our biggest strengths.
Mickey is an expert in the fields of disability, universal design, and autism. Mickey is able to articulate to parents and medical professionals what autism is like from the inside and the why behind many behaviors in a way that few can. Mickey helps medical professionals understand the differences between the medical model of disability and the social model and how they can benefit from learning about both.
How to effectively advocate for yourself and others and make the change you want to see in the world a reality.
As an autistic man Mickey had overcome so many barriers to live his dream as a professional actor and director. In a time when disability was not valued Mickey had to carve his own path and educate others on his own value.
As an autistic man Mickey has carved his own path communicating with people very different from himself professionally as a director at some of the nation's largest Tony Award winning theaters, as a husband, romantic partner, and as a father.
“My father was a preacher and Mickey was preaching! Mickey just changed hundreds of lives with that speech.”
“Mickey's speech moved one of the attendees so much that he gave us a check for $10,000 on the spot and promised to pay all of the expenses to bring Mickey back next year.”
“Mickey's warmth and grace instantly put our guests at ease. All of the guests I spoke to said that this was the best Gourmet Lunchbox Event we've ever had, and last year our speaker was Maya Angelou, so that is saying a lot. He gave parents the ability to understand their own children and feel hope for the first time.”
"Mickey Rowe was wonderful! What a great presentation. He provided our audience with a great keynote. Had the entire audience loving his presentation. He was authentic. Love to have him come back again!"
"Mickey Rowe is a living example of overcoming adversity as an activist and leader for change. Fearlessly Different sends you on an immersive journey of one's own courage, determination, strength, and self-awareness.
"Mickey Rowe is a gracious, wise, and yes, fearless guide as he enables us to experience the world as he does and more importantly, helps us to envision new possibilities. Mickey is not just an accomplished actor who can command a stage, he’s a thinker who can expand our understanding of ‘difference’ and ‘normal.’ He’s also a generous writer with a distinctive voice and the skill to make ‘Fearlessly Different’ a deeply personal reading experience—like a good conversation with a smart and kind friend who has a lot to share."
"Mickey Rowe’s Fearlessly Different is fascinating, educating, elucidating, and sometimes enraging. It is inspirational and eye-opening. It is insightful and, hopefully, inciting — a call for action, for necessary and overdue change, for a vital, urgent reframing and rethinking of disability. But mostly, Fearlessly Different is a very good story — several of them, in fact — of resilience and courage and the strength and power of being two things: different and who you are."
"Mickey is the definition of a ‘trailblazer’, and blazes with such grace and effervescence, through the highs of success and rollercoaster of life he remains grounded and relatable. This book is personal, charming, important and touching. No matter one's lived experience it is incredibly pertinent."
“Fearlessly Different is a powerful story about succeeding because of—rather than despite—one’s disability. Rowe paints an authentic picture of navigating our oftentimes ableist and inaccessible world with determination, humor, and love. His story is vital.”
"Mickey overcomes so much to set such an amazing example of what is possible for all of us who struggle to overcome barriers and obstacles, his story will have a powerful impact on all of us in raising our belief and confidence to go after our dreams. Thank you Mickey."
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