Statement on Casting
The BGSU Department of Theatre and Film is committed to the practice of color-conscious casting. We recognize that considerations of race, including how race and ethnicity shape society and the stories we tell, are vital components to the casting process. Also critical to the casting process are audience perceptions of race on stage and in film. We strive to craft performances in ways that respect, care for, and honor individuals, cultures, and communities of color. Furthermore, we recognize that the practice of white-washing erases culturally and racially specific stories and experiences. White-washing takes away opportunities from people of color and reinforces the dangerous notion of white superiority. Therefore, we reject this practice. In light of this, we seek to be inclusive and color-conscious not only in our casting but also in the scripts we choose to stage and film.
There is always more to learn and more to do. As members of this community, we prioritize our continuous education, reflection, and action.
The above statement has been crafted by students and faculty and informed by the lived experiences and voices of those who are engaged in current conversations surrounding representation and casting.
Below are links to some of the voices who have contributed (and continue to contribute) to this discourse:
“Color-Conscious Casting: Three Questions to Ask” by Lavina Jadhwani
“Whats and Whys of Whitewashing” by Andrea Merodeadora
“Hampshire College’s Notes on Race and Casting” by Will Macadams
“On Casting ‘In the Heights’ by Quiara AlegrÍa Hudes (and Lin-Manuel Miranda)
“Conscious Casting and Letting Playwrights Lead” by David Valdes Greenwood