Being Autistic in the Theatre Community

Being Autistic in the Theatre Community

There are many things you could say about who I am as a person. You could say that I love the art of theatre, especially playwriting and still occasionally acting. Or you could say that beyond theatre and writing, I am also a die-hard fan of The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Batman and Harry Potter who is severely addicted to caffeine. (Although I will add that if that’s the worst thing I’m addicted to, I’d say I’m in relatively good shape.) Or more recently, you could also say that I am a writer here at On Stage who writes columns and occasional reviews that are read by a fairly large audience of theatre lovers that is growing every day. Those are just a few basic and important facts about me that are especially important for anyone who cares to know what kind of person I am.

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As an Autistic Playwright, I Don’t Mind If Autistic Characters Are Played by Non-Autistic Actors

As an Autistic Playwright, I Don’t Mind If Autistic Characters Are Played by Non-Autistic Actors

In recent years, the topic of autistic characters being played by autistic actors – as well as the importance that some people say it has – is something that has gotten more and more attention, as more shows, films and television shows emerge that deal with autism and Asperger’s, and highlight how people on the spectrum deal with it. Indeed, I can’t help but notice that – for some people – it may even be controversial for characters in theatre, film, TV, etc. who are autistic do not always end up getting portrayed by autistic actors.

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