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CASTING DIRECTORS, AGENCIES, EXECUTIVES AND THESPS EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTORS WITH DISABILITIES

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Among those attacking the problem is Casting Society of America president Russell Boast. He spearheads the CSA’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, which on Jan. 7 organized the Open Casting Call on Disability.

The nationwide event got more than 50 casting directors t...

(posted 11/13/18)

THE ART OF CASTING - TUESDAYS IN NOVEMBER

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Every Tuesday in November, starting today at 5:00pm on the west coast / 8:00pm on the east coast, David Rubin and Juliet Taylor are joining TCM host Ben Mankiewicz to discuss the art of casting in 14 classic films. 

Their conversations introduce each film and then, following each film, they do a re-cap of the film’s casti...

(posted 11/06/18)

Media Access Awards Recognizes Disability Representation on Screen

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CSA’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee accepted the SAG-AFTRA Disability Awareness Award. 

Sasha Alpert and Megan Sleeper received the Casting Society of America Award

(posted 11/06/18)

Casting Society To Sponsor Town Halls For MENASA Actors

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The Casting Society of America will sponsor town halls in Los Angeles and New York for actors of Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian decent “to effect concrete change in how actors in these historically underrepresented communities are afforded access to job opportunities.”

(posted 10/13/18)

Indie Casting Director Julia Kim Says ‘Asians Actors Are On The List Now’

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“It’s that golden nugget, that diamond in the rough, that you’re looking for. You set up 30 people for the day, and you find one person that nailed it or brought you something that was magic in the room.” - Julia Kim

(posted 10/10/18)

The CSA announces an Open Call in support of 'Help Refugees'

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Casting Society Cares, the non-profit charitable arm of CSA, is proud to be hosting an Open Call where actors will have the chance to perform monologues in front of CSA Casting Directors, and support the "Help Refugees"charity, which benefits women and children in Dunkirk and Calais.

(posted 10/10/18)

The Year The Networks Finally Embraced Diversity

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Network television is changing behind the scenes, too, in important ways that are leading not only to this transformation in onscreen representation, but to the authenticity of the stories being told.

(posted 10/10/18)

What Makes Emmy-Worthy Casting, According to the TV Academy’s Governors

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Peter Golden and Howard Meltzer, the two governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, review what makes an Emmy worthy performance.

(posted 10/10/18)

What Makes Emmy-Worthy Casting, According to the TV Academy’s Governors

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Peter Golden and Howard Meltzer, the two governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences discuss what makes an Emmy winning performance.

(posted 10/10/18)

The Crown Season 3: New Clues About Casting Charles, Camilla, and Anne

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Artios Award winner CD Nina Gold does lots of research when casting Netflix's TV series,  The Crown.

(posted 02/13/18)

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Casting Director on Listening in Auditions

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From the moment casting director Sherry Thomas and her associates at Bialy/Thomas read Bruce Miller’s pilot script for dystopian drama (posted 08/29/17)

Why It's So Important Hollywood Is (Finally!) Normalizing Interracial Love

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"The issue with the phrase 'diversity in Hollywood' is that it points to these occurrences on screen as something different or special," says Russell Boast, Vice President of the Casting Society of America. "There's been a kind of glamorization of diversity, where creators think that having it means it has to be a plot point. But sometimes that ...

(posted 08/11/17)

Casting Director Carmen Cuba on Finding Kids for Netflix Hit ‘Stranger Things’

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Casting director Carmen Cuba boasts a great set of credits, including “The Martian,” “Magic Mike” and “The Knick.” One of her specialties is casting the right children — as she did on Netflix’s hit series “Stranger Things,” as well as the upcoming films “The Florida Project”...

(posted 08/10/17)

Disability Advocates Stage Capitol Hill Summit on Hollywood Inclusion

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'Empire' casting pro Leah Daniels-Butler was among those on hand to discuss low representation of disabilities on the screen and how to effect change in an industry that "breaks down barriers and opens doors quicker than anyone else." 

(posted 08/04/17)

From ‘Girls’ to ‘GLOW’: Casting Director Jennifer Euston on the Importance of ‘Authenticity’

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Casting director Jennifer Euston is responsible for finding the faces for some of the most unique ensemble casts on television. From "Girls" to "Orange is the New Black" to "GLOW", the multi-Emmy award winner has one specific goal: to populate the TV landscape with reflections of what she sees on the streets and stages of New York...

(posted 08/03/17)

Broadway Casting Directors Rally for Union Contract Outside Radio City Music Hall

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"We should not be punished because we're a late-blooming profession," said 'Hamilton' casting director Bernard Telsey at the march, held days before the Tony Awards.

(posted 06/08/17)

‘This Is Us’ Casting Director Discusses Reason Why New York Talents Are Being Discovered Later In Their Careers

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"Milo [Ventimiglia] was a little bit different type than the way the part of Jack was originally conceived, but he, as an actor, really responded to that role, so when he came in and read it, Dan actually said, “I see the entire series. It was different than I was thinking but his performance in this audition actually inspired where the st...

(posted 05/27/17)

Casting Directors Will “Explore Every Option” In Effort To Unionize On Broadway

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While Broadway producers are celebrating the highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history,” Alex Moore, a spokesman for the Teamsters, said in a statement from the union (different from IATSE Local One, which represents Broadway stagehands), “the industry’s casting directors are asking why producers are denying them hea...

(posted 05/27/17)