Acting is tough. You have to memorize lines, understand the physical choreography for a scene, and continue to network outside of the stage. Now, imagine doing all of this with a disability.

Autism spectrum disorder affects the nervous system. The range and severity of the disease can vary. Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviors.

In a video by Great Big Story, star of the professional production “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” is making history as the first actor with autism cast in the play’s lead. This is huge. Rowe is taking on the role of Christopher Boone, a character who demonstrates autistic behaviors. Rowe’s goal is changing the narrative that actors with disabilities can still do the job and perhaps open the doors for other actors with autism.

Check out the video below.