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About the Alliance 

The CSA Alliance was formed to aid and assist our Black, Indigenous, and casting professionals of color and their visibility in our industry through our CSA/CSC programs, training and education, social media and more, where historically underrepresented casting professionals in have felt excluded from participation or unable to qualify for membership. Working closely with the CSA Board of Directors and its programs and initiatives, we are focusing on the greatest needs of our community and organization, to address the issues in “our house” and shine a light and elevate underrepresented casting professionals and their contribution to the craft of casting. The CSA Alliance is actively reviewing our organization's practices and advising our Board of Directors, Board of Governors and all chairs of committees on how we can continue to enact a more equitable and inclusive CSA. If you are a member of underrepresented community and would like to join the CSA Alliance, please connect.

Email: Alliance@castingsociety.com

The Alliance

Angela Mickey, Mayank Bhatter, Angelique Midthunder, Caroline Liem, Cesar Rocha, Destiny Lilly, Erica Hart, Julia Kim, Kim Coleman, Kim Hardin, Leah Daniels-Butler, Nicole Hilliard-Forde, Sarah Raoufpur, Stephanie Yankwitt, Tracy Twinkie Byrd, Victor Vazquez, Zora DeHorter

CURIOUS ABOUT CASTING? 
SEEKING A MENTOR?

We’re excited to invite you to our symposium on casting. Meet casting professionals from all genres of casting and learn about what we do.

This conversation is open to anyone who has ever thought about casting as a profession and for those who have started their casting journey and wish to widen their circle.

For those applying the Alliance Mentorship Program, this is required viewing prior to applying. This symposium will be recorded.

RSVP is required and will be posted soon. Details, including day/time and RSVP for the symposium will be posted soon.

Contact membership@castingsociety.com for further information.

CSA ACTIONABLE GOALS

This is a moment of accountability like no other that needs to be managed with integrity. These conversations may be challenging, but they are overdue. There is a strong opinion about how slowly the organization has moved historically. “What are we doing for our membership?” While we give so much of ourselves to actors, and volunteer with organizations through CSC, what are we doing as a vital and dynamic board, to provide a sense of community and resources and support for ALL our underrepresented casting professionals in our house?

Initiated November, 2020, the Casting Society of America Board of Directors agree to work toward the implementation of the following actionable steps. 
 25% BIPOC and Diverse (Gender, Disabilities) CSA members to the Board and its Officers in the next 2 years, by end of year 2022. 
 50% BIPOC and Diverse (Gender, Disabilities) CSA members to the Board and its Officers in 4 years, by end of year 2024. 
II. CSA MEMBERSHIP 
  25% BIPOC CD/Associate CD membership in the next 4 years, by end of year 2024.  
•  50% BIPOC CD/Associate CD membership in the next 6 years, by end of year 2026.
III. PROMOTING CAREERS OF BIPOC MEMBERS 
  One to two yearly membership events for CSA members from underrepresented groups with network executives, studio executives and high-level casting directors. 
•  CSA Casting Executives members will be highly encouraged to take at least 10 meetings yearly with  casting professionals from underrepresented groups (CDs and Associates) they have not met. 
IV. PROTOCOL 
 Code of Conduct for CSA members [www.castingsociety.com/join/csa-code-of-conduct].
•  Guidelines for interacting with Actors of Color published on the CSA by December 2021. 
V. SOCIAL MEDIA | WEBSITE 
 Immediate adjustment and expansion of representation/images/stories from underrepresented CSA casting professionals on all social media [https://www.instagram.com/csacasting].
 Immediate adjustment of leadership images to currently represent how they wish look (in color, headshot or lifestyle photo) [www.castingsociety.com/about/leadership].
VI. PANELS 
 25% of every panel discussion, town hall, round table, fireside chat sponsored or co-sponsored by CSA will include casting professionals from underrepresented groups.
 For film festivals, award ceremonies and other high-level events to which CSA is asked to provide members to participate, 25% of those invited will be CSA members from underrepresented groups. 
VII. MENTORSHIP 
•  Continue to support and elevate the CSA Alliance Mentorship program for a minimum of 10 years, thru 2030. 
 
IX. EDUCATION - CASTING SOCIETY CARES 
  50% class members participating in the CSC Training and Education program will include students from underrepresented groups within 2 years, 2022. [https://www.castingsociety.com/committees/csc-training-and-education]
•  50% Teachers trained and teaching the CSC T&E programs, online or in person, will include CSA casting professionals from underrepresented groups within 2 years, 2022. 

ALLIANCE Casting Professional Listing, sponsored by the CSA Alliance

In response to the inquiries received about creating visibility and outreach; identifying the number of casting professionals across all mediums and levels; and creating awareness within the community, the Alliance created this voluntary list. It is available as a resource. Participation is optional. 

Casting Professionals 
If you’re interested in being part of this list, please share your information here

Industry Professionals
If you are an industry professional and wish to receive a copy of the list, email your request to Alliance@castingsociety.comPlease allow 12-24 hours to vet all requests as a private link will be provided.

ALLIANCE NEWS
The CSA Alliance was formed to aid and assist underrepresented groups in casting and their visibility in our industry through our CSA/CSC programs, training and education, social media and more, where historically underrepresented casting professionals have felt excluded from participation or unable to qualify for membership. Working closely with the CSA Board of Directors and its programs and initiatives, we are focusing on the greatest needs of our community and organization, to address the issues in “our house” and shine a light and elevate casting professionals from underrepresented groups and their contribution to the craft of casting. The CSA Alliance is actively reviewing our organization's practices and advising our Board of Directors, Board of Governors and all chairs of committees on how we can continue to enact a more equitable and inclusive CSA. If you are a member of an underrepresented community and would like to join the CSA Alliance, please connect.

Email: Alliance@castingsociety.com

 

July 2020.

  • The Alliance formed. 

August 2020. 

  • The Alliance held 8 small group conversations with member and non-member casting professionals from underrepresented groups, including casting executives, casting directors, associate casting directors and assistants, to allow them to speak freely and openly about the issues they have faced throughout their careers and as they continue to navigate in their profession. This safe space helped to create actionable steps for the CSA as we move forward with our goal of creating equity for our members. 

September 2020.

  • The  CSA Alliance Mentorship Program launched on September 2  to lay a stronger foundation for the future of casting directors of all backgrounds in our industry. The mentorship program prioritized BIPOC mentees and encouraged them to be specific in what they were looking for in a mentor, especially gender and cultural background. 

  • In collaboration with the Casting Society Cares Training & Education Program and CSA’s Equity In Entertainment, we are creating bridges with HBCU’s and high school arts programs to spread the word about the casting profession and its value to the industry.

  • We are working with the CSA Board of Directors and its Officers on actionable goals, and code of conduct to change the culture and structure of the organization.

October 2020.

  • Launched Closer to Equity (C2E), a series of virtual conversations designed to amplify CSA members and non-members of underrepresented groups in the casting industry. With the intent of meaningful dialogue, we look forward to bringing you Spotlight conversations designed for understanding, belonging, and how we can all start to create and propel actionable change in our community. 

  • Our first conversation, CLOSER TO EQUITY: Spotlight on BIPOC Casting Professionals was held on October 15. The panel discussion looked at the experience of Casting Directors of underrepresented groups in the industry across all mediums and levels. The need for this panel was made abundantly clear after several small group discussions coordinated by the CSA  Alliance for underrepresented groups of casting professionals to share their experiences and discuss the hurdles they have faced throughout their careers. 

    Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson moderated this panel discussion. An educational and racial equity strategist who is deeply committed to the study of culture, innovation, and adult development, Dr. Amante-Jackson’s work with the Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP) “creates space and experiences that foster conversations around equity and dismantling systemic oppression and racism in pursuit of advancing equitable outcomes for ALL.”

    Panelists for this event included Angelique Midthunder (Casting Director, Big Kill), Erica Jensen (Casting Director, Broadway shows A Raisin In The Sun, Hedwig), Kim Montelibano Heil (Producer & Casting Director, San Diego Repertory Theatre), Kim M Williams (Vice President, Casting,Touchstone Television), Margie Vargas (Casting Associate, Kidding, Blindspotting), Xavier Rubiano (Casting Associate, Broadway shows Dear Evan Hansen, Phantom of the Opera), and Zora DeHorter (Casting Director, 12 to Midnight, Shadow Wolves). 

    Attendance for this virtual event: 585 casting professionals.

  • Announcement of CSA Board of Directors commitment to Actionable Goals to provide a path toward equity for our organization; to address the systemic issues and make the overdue changes we all wish to see. View the Actionable Goals HERE

November 2020.

  • Encore presentation of CLOSER TO EQUITY: Spotlight on BIPOC Casting Professionals was  streamed over a 3 day period with viewership numbering 20% of virtual attendees.

  • Announcement. Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson will present her Keynote this December.

December 2020.

  • In collaboration with Casting Society Cares we welcome back Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson for her keynote address, A DEEP DIVE INTO CASTING: How To Be Better Co-conspirators to Marginalized Communities. This keynote address follows our recent panel and encore viewings of CLOSER TO EQUITY: Spotlight on BIPOC Casting Professionals moderated by Dr. Amante- Jackson. This vital conversation takes a look at issues “currently affecting the diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion for underrepresented actors and casting professionals”.

January 2021 

  • In support of the CSA Initiative for underrepresented actors we collaborated with the CSA and Equity In Entertainment in the Town hall for Black Actors. 
  • The Alliance Casting Professional Listing including underrepresented casting professionals is available.
February 2021
  • In support of the CSA Initiative for underrepresented actors we collaborated with the CSA and Equity In Entertainment in the Open Call for Black Actors.
March 2021
  • CSA Alliance. Closer To Equity: Sharing Our Asian Experiences - A conversation with Asian Casting Directors will be available for viewing in May.
April 2021
  • In collaboration with Equity In Entertainment, we are prepping multiple live and recorded events around Deconstructing the Asian Monolith. If you would like to participate or help coordinate please connect Alliance@castingsociety.com.
May 2021
Deconstructing the Asian Monolith. 
The Alliance and Equity In Entertainment are producing events leading up to and beyond Asian Heritage Month. 
Please check our socials for upcoming events. IG | TW @CSACasting + CLUBHOUSE > CSA Casting Society (AAPI Clubhouse Convos)
  • May 3 - Town Hall: Deconstructing the Asian Monolith - The State of our Industry
  • May 7 - Closer To Equity: Sharing Our Asian Experiences - A conversation with Asian Casting Directors
  • May 12 - Closer to Equity: Global Lightning Talks - Casting Directors
  • May 17 - Live Town Hall: Deconstructing the Asian Monolith - Equity and Opportunity for Asian Casting Directors and Actors
  • May 24 - Closer To Equity: Deconstructing the Asian Monolith | Television Round table
  • May 26 - Closer To Equity: Deconstructing the Asian Monolith | Feature Film Round table
  • May 28 - Closer To Equity: Deconstructing the Asian Monolith | Theatre Round table
November 2021
  • November 5-6-7 - Global Open Call for Asian Actors.