Culled from submissions from various groups — including the American Indian Community House, Asian American Arts Alliance, Frank Silvera's Writer’s Workshop, HOLA, Negro Ensemble Company, New Federal Theatre and Non-Traditional Casting Project as well as other NY theater organizations, theatre schools, AFTRA, SAG, Actors' Equity and outreach from ABC affiliate stations — 11 actors were selected from more than 600 candidates.
The selected talent includes Utkarsh Ambudkar, Jessica Jade Andres, Christine Corpuz, Alexander Emmet, Vedant Gokhale, Kia Joy Goodwin (Capeman), Carmen M. Herlihy, Lupita Nyong'o, Pedro Pascal (Some Men), Roslyn Ruff (Seven Guitars) and David Villalobos.
Under the direction of Ted Sluberski and Marci Phillips, the actors will perform one-act vignettes for a private audience comprised of casting directors, talent agents and other industry professionals.
"We believe in creating opportunities for untapped talent," executive vice president of casting Keli Lee stated. "We are proud to once again move forward with our sixth show in New York showcasing these talented actors from varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds."
In addition to the Casting Project, Disney's initiatives to increase diversity in the arts are demonstrated in such programs as the Disney ABC Writing Fellowship, Disney ABC Creative Development Program, the Disney ABC/DGA Directing Fellowship, ABC Studios Production Associates Program and The Emma Bowen Minority Internship Program.