He was born in Stockton, CA, became deaf at the age of five from meningitis.  He received his B.S. in education from Gallaudet College and M.A. in Educational Administration from California State University at Northridge, and has taught at schools for the deaf in Montana, New Mexico and Hawaii.  He has also worked as a printer, photographer and ASL researcher.  Since joining the National Theatre of the Deaf in 1978 as an actor in Volponeand Early One Morning, Mow has served as Resident Playwright, instructor in Professional Theatre School, and artistic director of the Deaf Playwright Conference.  He continued to perform in numerous productions, the most recent being Oh, Figaro.   Mow was Artistic Director of Cleveland Signstage where his play Counterfeits was nominated for the American Theatre Critics New Play awards.  He once directed ‘night, mother  in Swedish Sign Language in Stockholm.  Currently, he resides in Santa Fe, NM, free-lancing as a playwright/director.


  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Gallaudet College, 1961
  • MA in Educational Administration, California State University, Northridge, 1977
  • Postgraduate Study:  Linguistics, University. of California at San Diego; Educational
  •  Media, University of Tennessee; Special Education, San Francisco State College.

Biography information courtesy of Quest for Arts website-

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