Actor with Autism Takes Center Stage
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Actor with Autism Takes Center Stage

As the star of a professional production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Mickey Rowe is making history as the first actor with autism cast in the play’s lead. Steeped in an industry that undervalues actors with disabilities, Rowe faced hardships trying to find work in a professional production. Now, by taking on the role of Christopher Boone, a character who demonstrates autistic behaviors, Rowe is reclaiming the narrative of those on the spectrum while using his platform to forge a path forward for actors with autism.

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Actor with autism takes center stage
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Actor with autism takes center stage

s the star of a professional production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," Mickey Rowe is making history as the first actor with autism cast in the play's lead. Steeped in an industry that undervalues actors with disabilities, Rowe faced hardships trying to find work in a professional production. Now, by taking on the role of Christopher Boone, a character who demonstrates autistic behaviors, Rowe is reclaiming the narrative of those on the spectrum while using his platform to forge a path forward for actors with autism

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Seattle Actor Helps Expand Diversity in the Arts
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Seattle Actor Helps Expand Diversity in the Arts

At age 28, Seattle-born stage actor Mickey Rowe has already performed in more than 30 shows with both local (Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Opera, ACT) and international (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center) companies. At age 9, he was one of five children to perform in Seattle Opera’s The Barber of Seville. More recently, theatergoers may remember him as a stilt walker in the Seattle Opera’s 2007 and 2013 runs of La Bohème, or Thing 1 in Seattle Children’s Theatre’s The Cat in the Hat, which wrapped up its latest run in May. What audiences may not know is that Rowe is autistic—and he’s committed to widening the conversation about diversity in the arts.

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Syracuse Stage Will Present World Premiere Directed by Taye Diggs
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Syracuse Stage Will Present World Premiere Directed by Taye Diggs

“We’re crafting a season of plays and musicals that celebrate diverse and powerful voices,” said artistic director Robert Hupp in a statement. “Our 47th season brings to life rich stories that entertain and delight; it’s a poignant season of love and loss, of justice and jealousy. We sought works that make you stand up and take notice..”

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VIDEO: Autistic Actor Mickey Rowe Gives Keynote Speech At ARTS FOR AUTISM, Hosted By Kelli O'Hara
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VIDEO: Autistic Actor Mickey Rowe Gives Keynote Speech At ARTS FOR AUTISM, Hosted By Kelli O'Hara

Three-time host and Tony Award winning legend Kelli O'Hara hosted this year's Arts For Autism benefit at the Gershwin Theatre on Monday, June 24th.

The evening's keynote speaker, 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 and one of the first autistic actors to get to play any autistic character

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Autistic says, "If you are different, the world needs you!"
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Autistic says, "If you are different, the world needs you!"

Mickey Rowe is the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone in the Tony Award winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and one of the first autistic actors to get to play any autistic character. He has been featured in the New York Times (three times), PBS, Teen Vogue, Playbill, NPR, CNN’S Great Big Story, Huffington Post and more.

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