Jamie Brewer Becomes the First Actor With Down Syndrome to Play the Lead

Brewer is the first known actor living with down syndrome to be cast as the lead in an On- or Off-Broadway production.

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With her upcoming role as the star of Lindsey Ferrentino’s play “Amy and the Orphans,” Jamie Brewer will become the first known actor living with down syndrome to play the lead in a production either On- or Off-Broadway. Brewer is breaking down a major barrier for the disabilities community.

According to the New York Times: “Ms. Ferrentino, who debuted with the critically acclaimed play ‘Ugly Lies the Bone,’ in 2015, was insistent that the title role be played by someone with the disability, even leaving a note in an early draft of the script: ‘Finding a talented actor with Down syndrome isn’t difficult. So please do it.’