Mickey Rowe

Fearlessly Different: An Autistic Broadway Actor's Transformational Insights

  • Topics:
  • Disability Awareness
  • Motivation & Inspiration
  • Professional Development
  • Audiences:
  • College & University
  • Educators & Staff
  • Parents

Fee Range: $5K-10K

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From Special Education To Broadway
Founding Artistic Director of National Disability Theatre
Keynote Speaker at the Kennedy Center, Yale University, Columbia University, CUNY, Disability Rights Washington, and Many More

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. 

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.


“Mickey’s warmth and grace instantly put our guests at ease. All of the guests I spoke to said that this was the best event we’ve ever had, and last year our speaker was Maya Angelou, so that is saying a lot! He gave our audience the ability to understand their own children and feel hope for the first time.”
NC Child Development Center
“Mickey was amazing; I have heard nothing but compliments for his talk and the Q&A session. He was the perfect kickoff to a wonderful day of learning.”
City of Rancho Cucamonga
“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.”
Meristem Fundraiser
“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!”
The Family Cafe
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