Our Mission:

Flipping the Script.
Virtuosic Theatre.

Professional theatre employing only professionals with disabilities to create fully accessible, live, world-class theatre and storytelling; changing social policy and the nation's narrative about what people with disabilities can do; and providing a guiding model in audience accessibility for the arts and culture 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?

A company producing large scale professional work run entirely by people with disabilities will show the world that our differences really are our strengths. We will impact industries beyond our own, demonstrating that people with disabilities can efficiently and productively undertake professional work at the highest level, and that accessibility is not only right – but also profitable.

Our performances will be 100% accessible, following the practices of The Kennedy Center and VSA’s LEAD Conference, and will serve as a guiding model for other arts and culture organizations.

 

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 the Fall of 2019

 Image Description: A burst of colorful flowers and foliage center with a wheel chair, a white vision cane, and the head of Bottom, the donkey from A Midsummer Night’s Dream sticking out of the foliage. The words A Midsummer Night’s Dream are over the image and National Disability Theatre’s logo is in the bottom left corner.

Image Description: A burst of colorful flowers and foliage center with a wheel chair, a white vision cane, and the head of Bottom, the donkey from A Midsummer Night’s Dream sticking out of the foliage. The words A Midsummer Night’s Dream are over the image and National Disability Theatre’s logo is in the bottom left corner.

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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

We need 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 will 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.