CONFERENCES 2018-08-13T16:37:05+00:00


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Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Location: TBD

Popular discourses such as #OscarsSoWhite and burgeoning scholarship on American actors of color have highlighted racial disparities in casting, but rarely do these discussions meet in spaces accessible to students. A symposium at UCR, “Casting in Color: Race on Stage and Screen” will bring together scholars, professional artists, and students to talk about the dilemmas, theories, and strategies for casting people of color across theatre, film, and television. Casting is both an artistic issue and a labor issue. African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx/o/as, Native Americans, and mixed-race people are dramatically underrepresented on stage and screen, and they often play secondary characters. Although multiracial casts in traditionally white plays create new opportunities and perspectives, they also paradoxically promote the idea that race no longer matters.

The one-day event will include several roundtables and culminate with a mainstage student-centered production by the Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production. Panelists will include sociologists, historians, and artists, and many of the speakers come from marginalized communities. The symposium will take advantage of academic and artistic resources in the Los Angeles area from the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA to East West Players, the oldest theatre of color in the United States. “Casting in Color: Race on Stage and Screen” will be free and open to the public in order to facilitate further collaborations and candid conversations.

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