Casting

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Men and Women and Non-Binary People On Boats
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Men and Women and Non-Binary People On Boats

Exploring New Styles of Gender Diversity

by Sloth Levine
26 September 2018
Casting An Actor with Albinism
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Casting An Actor with Albinism

The Importance of Authenticity On Stage

by Julie Taiwo Oni
2 August 2018
When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch
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When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch

by Emily C.A. Snyder
8 July 2018
Men and Women and Non-Binary People On Boats
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Men and Women and Non-Binary People On Boats

Exploring New Styles of Gender Diversity

26 September 2018

Theatremaker Sloth Levine uses the casting conceit in Jaclyn Backhaus’s play Men On Boats as a jumping off point to explore gender diversity in casting.

Casting An Actor with Albinism
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Casting An Actor with Albinism

The Importance of Authenticity On Stage

2 August 2018

Playwright and scholar Julie Taiwo Oni reflects on the experience of casting an actor with albinism for her play Chisel, and discusses why authentic casting is worth the work.

When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch
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When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch

8 July 2018

Emily Snyder encourages playwrights to write juicy, complex characters for people who have not historically been cast in leading roles.

How to Respond to a "Casting Controversy"
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How to Respond to a "Casting Controversy"

5 July 2018

Director Lavina Jadhwani summarizes conversations about casting she's been involved with in the past, and offers advice to artists and producers who find themselves facing criticism for their choices.

Theatre History Podcast #58
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Theatre History Podcast #58

What We Think About When We Think About Casting: Dr. Amy Cook’s Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting

6 March 2018

Dr. Amy Cook of Stony Brook University joins us to discuss her new book, Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting.

Cripping the Crip—Is It Time to Reclaim Richard III?
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Cripping the Crip—Is It Time to Reclaim Richard III?

21 February 2018

Kaite O’Reilly considers how Richard III has been portrayed on stage, the alignment of atypical embodiment with evil and suffering, and her inspiration with The Llanarth Group to create a new staging of Richard III.

Conscious Casting and Letting Playwrights Lead
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Conscious Casting and Letting Playwrights Lead

14 February 2018

Playwright David Valdes Greenwood discusses the importance of writing more diverse and intersectional characters, and reflects on the conundrum of “color conscious” casting. 

Autistic Actors, “Autistic Archetypes,” and Acting, in General
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Autistic Actors, “Autistic Archetypes,” and Acting, in General

23 January 2018

Sam Ethan Rubin writes about being an actor on the autism spectrum.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia vs Loving
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Who’s Afraid of Virginia vs Loving

Learning How to Talk About Casting

22 August 2017

Theatre practitioner and educator Sophia Skiles interrogates unconsciously artificial and increasingly antiquated casting practices and urges understanding of casting practices that advance equity, inclusion, and access.

“Too Big and Not Big Enough”
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“Too Big and Not Big Enough”

Body Representation On Stage

25 April 2017

Jonna Capone discusses her experience as a plus-size actress and the body positive movement, advocating for better representation of body sizes on stage. 

Matter and Myth
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Matter and Myth

Rethinking the Body Onstage

18 January 2017

Abbey Fenbert examines the intersection of theatre and physical discrimination, and considers what is the responsibility of artists interested in transcending, rather than reinforcing, the myths society projects upon the body?

First-Person Radio
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First-Person Radio

Miniature Interviews with Three Audio Storytellers

2 October 2016

Emma Wiseman presents musings on audio storytelling and the world of radio from Cecil Baldwin, Jon Earle, and Audrey Quinn, three New York-based audiophiles.

Getting Specific
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Getting Specific

One Playwright’s Complicated Casting Choices

27 September 2016

Kicking off #IdentityWeek, Playwright Larissa FastHorse discusses workshopping her play What Would Crazy Horse Do? at Santa Clara University, and advocates the playwright’s voice in casting choices. 

Learning to Listen
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Learning to Listen

“Political Correctness” and the Question of Socially Responsible Theatre

13 September 2016

Playwright Zoe Kamil writes about casting a play of hers, and the difficult conversations that arose because she didn’t specify the race of certain characters.

On the Offensive
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On the Offensive

30 August 2016

Daniel Kelin describes the process of working on a play with a multi-racial and -ethnic ensemble playing characters from many different backgrounds.

Medicine for Melancholy
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Medicine for Melancholy

Letter to the Latinx actor living in Chicago

9 August 2016

Following a series of casting controversies in Chicago, Tlaloc Rivas offers counsel and perspective to Latinx actors while calling out theatres that practice whitewashing.

Finding Our Way in a World of Gender Fluidity
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Finding Our Way in a World of Gender Fluidity

8 July 2016

Artistic Director Brianna Smith discusses gender fluidity and advocates the need for creating more opportunities transgender, gender-queer, androgynous, and other non-binary actors.

Gender Responsive Casting
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Gender Responsive Casting

29 June 2016

Meg Greene explores the casting process as a socially responsible practice that considers and values gender identity.

Wait, How is That Latino? My Response to Café Onda’s Call for Dialogue
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Wait, How is That Latino? My Response to Café Onda’s Call for Dialogue

9 May 2016

Actor Natalie Camunas discusses cultural microaggressions she’s faced in her career, and shares her experience working on DJ Latinidad’s Latino Dance Party.

The Goodman Theatre revives Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker
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The Goodman Theatre revives Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker

6 May 2016

David Dudley interviews members of the creative team behind the Goodman Theatre’s recent production of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker.

Lacking Diversity in Deaf Theatre
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Lacking Diversity in Deaf Theatre

8 April 2016

Actor Michelle Banks advocates the need for more diversity and inclusion for deaf and hard of hearing actors of color in the American theatre.

My Life as a Plus-Size Actress
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My Life as a Plus-Size Actress

1 March 2016

Actress Bethany Hanna reflects on past casting experiences and shares her current outlook on body image.

Hampshire College’s Notes On Race And Casting
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Hampshire College’s Notes On Race And Casting

6 January 2016

A document used by Hampshire College in directing classes, senior seminars, and student-led season planning to further discussions about race and casting. 

Yes! Non-Latina/o Actors Can be Cast in Latina/o Roles
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Yes! Non-Latina/o Actors Can be Cast in Latina/o Roles

20 December 2015

Playwright Alvaro Saar Rios writes about the value of casting non-Latina/o actors in Latina/o roles in a university setting.

Who Am I? Casting the Audience in OjO
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Who Am I? Casting the Audience in OjO

19 December 2015

In this third installment, Sam Turich discusses the question of identity and its relationship to audiences in Pittsburgh and San Diego.