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A TOWN HALL CONVERSATION with Casting Directors and Actors with Disabilities

The Casting Society of America and Inclusion in the Arts cordially invite you to:

A TOWN HALL CONVERSATION with Casting Directors and Actors with Disabilities


This is the first event in the CSA’s “Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in Casting Initiative,” a series of conversations and workshops designed to effect concrete change in how actors in historically underrepresented communities are afforded access to job opportunities.

The Town Hall evening will be an open forum conversation between Casting Directors and Actors with Disabilities. The goals of the event are:

  • for both constituencies to better understand the practical issues they encounter in their respective professions.
  • to discuss how CSA might better and more consistently work to increase audition opportunities and advocate for actors with disabilities.

Howard Sherman from Inclusion in the Arts will moderate the discussion.


Date:                       Monday, September 21, 2015

Time:                       7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.

 Location:                 The Actors’ Equity Building

                               165 West 46th Street entrance, 14th floor – Council Room

                                New York, New York 10036


  • RSVP is necessary, as space is limited



  • The Town Hall, an open forum between casting directors and actors with disabilities, is open to union and non-union artists. It is intended for professional and professionally trained actors with disabilities who are pursuing professional careers.


  • The space is wheelchair accessible and sign language interpreters will be present; those needing other accommodations, please note it in your RSVP.


The Casting Society and Inclusion in the Arts look forward to seeing you there!


CSA is committed to increasing access to casting opportunities for actors who have been historically overlooked in the entertainment industry – from actors of color to actors with disabilities.  In working with our creative and producing teams we will champion our core values of diversity and inclusion, by engaging in thoughtful and informed discussions and by introducing and advocating for qualified actors. CSA and its individual members are committed to doing our part to expand perceptions and to creating a rich fabric of representation in storytelling across all media that reflects our society.


Inclusion in the Arts promotes and advocates for the full inclusion of artists if color and disabled performers at all levels of production in theatre, film, television and related media. It offers consulting services to writers, directors, producers, studio executives, casting directors and disabled artists. Inclusion in the Arts’ work also extends to audiences, including those belonging to underserved and historically excluded communities.


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