Casting Statement/Audition Info

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

“Standing Up for Playwrights and Against ‘Colorblind’ Casting” by Diep Tran

“On Casting ‘In the Heights’ by Quiara AlegrÍa Hudes (and Lin-Manuel Miranda)

“Conscious Casting and Letting Playwrights Lead” by David Valdes Greenwood

“A Message from TAPS Chair, Dr. Patricia Ybarra”

“Authenticity in casting: From ‘colorblind’ to ‘color conscious,’ new rules are anything but black and white” by Jessica Gelt

Audition Notice and Sign-Up

Audition Notice:

The Department of Theatre and Film is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, and ages, as well as d/Deaf, to attend every audition. Auditions are open to all BGSU students and other interested individuals.

To performers with disabilities, you are encouraged to audition. Please indicate if you need special services, assistance, or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services, access@bgsu.edu, Theatre and Film, 419-372-8495. Please notify us prior to the event.

Preparation Materials/Requirements:

Treehouse Troupe continues to recruit students for upcoming productions. The 2021-22 season is TBA.