Colour-blind casting

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Colour-blind casting, non-traditional casting or integrated casting is the practice of casting a role without considering the actor's ethnicity. It derives its name from the medical condition of colour blindness. A representative of Actors' Equity has disputed the use of the term "color blind", preferring the definition "non-traditional casting." Non-traditional casting "is defined as the casting of ethnic minority and female actors in roles where race, ethnicity, or sex is not germane."[1]

Examples include:

Non-Traditional Casting Project[edit]

The Non-Traditional Casting Project was founded in 1986 to examine problems of racial discrimination in theatre, film and television.[11] Actors Equity is a co-founder.[12]


  1. ^ Eisenberg, Alan (1988-10-23). "NONTRADITIONAL CASTING; When Race and Sex Don't Matter". New York Times. 
  2. ^ Fiachra Gibbons, "RSC casts black actor as English king for first time", The Guardian, 19 September 2000.
  3. ^ Hugh Quarshie, "Black kings are old hat", The Guardian, 20 September 2000.
  4. ^ Kate Kellaway, "My kingdom for a part", The Observer, 8 July 2001.
  5. ^ The latest British Theatre news for 04/01/01
  6. ^ Louise Jury, "Colour-blind casting finds new stars for Billy Elliott", The Independent.
  7. ^ Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 1990
  8. ^ Matthew Fogel, "'Grey's Anatomy' Goes Colorblind", New York Times, 8 May 2005.
  9. ^ "Robin Hood (2006) - 1x03 - Who Shot the Sheriff?" Episode World.
  10. ^ Tim Walker, "Black actors are 'forced to leave Britain for America'", The Telegraph, 17 June 2011.
  11. ^ Jensen, Sharon. "The Non-Traditional Casting Project". National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  12. ^ "Actors' Equity Association Benefits: EEO & Diversity". Actors' Equity. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 

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