Our Mission:

Flipping the Script.
Virtuosic Theatre.

Employing professional theatre artists with disabilities to create fully accessible, world-class theatre and storytelling; change social policy and the nation’s narrative about disability culture; and provide a guiding model in accessibility for the arts and cultural sector.

 
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Who We Are

Learn more about Co-Executive Directors Talleri A. McRae and Mickey Rowe and Advisory Company Members Micah Fowler, Ali Stroker, Zach Anner, Maysoon Zayid, Haben Girma, Danny Woodburn, Katy Sullivan, Jamie Brewer, Nic Novicki, Nicole Kelly, Joshua Castille, Kelsey Fowler, and more… Read more.

Why?

20%

Of the American Population
Has A Disability

This makes people with disabilities both the largest minority group in the United States and also the least represented.

Access not only affects this population's ability to participate in arts and culture, but also that of their spouses and families. That is a huge percentage of the American population that until now has not felt very comfortable or welcomed attending the arts.

 

95%

OF DISABLED CHARACTERS ARE PLAYED BY NON-DISABLED ACTORS

95% of Disabled Characters are played by non-disabled actors. This widely documented statistic is courtesy of The Ruderman Family Foundation’s White Papers, co-authored by Advisory Company Member Danny Woodburn.

 
 

50%

Of College Graduates on the Autism Spectrum Are Unemployed

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is twice the national average of other protected groups. For many people with disabilities, their basic cost of living is dictated, without restriction, by the drug and health insurance industries.

On Stage Next

In its first year, National Disability Theatre will partner with La Jolla Playhouse in California and The Goodman Theatre in Chicago on their co-commission of a new work by Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Shinn, to be directed and designed by artists and artisans with disabilities for casts of actors with disabilities!

La Jolla Playhouse will also be commissioning National Disability Theatre's Advisory Company Member Gregg Mozgalato write their 2020 Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour - a play for young audiences that tours local elementary schools.

National Disability Theatre's co-executive directors Mickey Rowe and Talleri A. McRae will also serve as Artists-in-Residence at La Jolla Playhouse for their 2019/2020 season as these new plays are workshopped and created.

A photo of Christopher Shinn and Gregg Mozgala with the logos of National Disability Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Goodman Theatre.

A photo of Christopher Shinn and Gregg Mozgala with the logos of National Disability Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Goodman Theatre.

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oCTOBER 2018

"Access and innovation go hand in hand. Including people of all abilities is a wildly creative act."

Talleri A. McRae in NDT Press Release / Read Full Release

Get Involved

National Disability Theatre needs your help in founding this national theatre and making this extraordinary magic happen. Your gifts will allow us to support professional artists and artisans with disabilities, ensure our performances are fully accessible, and provide added visibility for our effort to promote disability and inclusion in the United States.

 

Work With Us

Are you an actor, director, designer, artisan, playwright, administrator, or all around great person with a disability? We would love to meet you.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and receive incredible perks.

Make a Donation

Gifts from philanthropists and individual partners like yourself are what make this magic possible. Your gifts and sponsorship will allow us to support professional artists and artisans with disabilities, ensure our performances are fully accessible, and provide added visibility for our effort to promote disability and inclusion in the United States.