Dickie Hearts is a Deaf, gay, multiracial actor and three-time national film contest winner. His 2015 short film, Passengers, won the Best Filmmaker Award in Easterseals’ Disability Film Challenge and mentorship with director Peter Farrelly. In 2016, he won Project Greenlight’s LGBTQ+ “See Yourself” contest with his two-minute Deaf gay superhero pitch Save the World, landing a developmental deal with Adaptive Studios in partnership with GLAAD. In 2017, he won first place in the AT&T Create-a-Thon, taking home the grand prize of $20,000 with the seven-minute short he wrote, directed, and co-starred in, The Deaf vs The Dead.
Hearts is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). His TV credits include a recurring role on “Tales of the City” (2019), a guest-starring role on “High Maintenance” (2020), and a co-starring role on “Grace & Frankie” (2017). Stage credits include New York Deaf Theater’s Maple & Vine and IRT’s Stepchild, Please Untranslate Me and Trash. In 2020, he wrote and remotely directed an ASL musical short film, Disconnected: The Musical, now available for online viewing. He continues to push for more Deaf, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC visibility and representation onscreen. Hearts is repped by Rossi Talent Management and Nicolosi & Co.