Blind Casting

Date: Friday, 6/10
Time: 11 AM
Venue: SFA Assembly Room

Historically, most character breakdowns are intrinsically tied to age, gender, race, and ethnicity — which can make casting extremely specific when it comes to finding the actor to embody that character. But times they are a changin’. The concept of “blind casting” comes when a creator has shaped a character in his or her mind, but has not set the physicality of that part (from race and ethnicity to age and gender). Listen as these creators, executive producers, and casting directors discuss this new process, how it both can be freeing and hindering, and the way it is changing the television industry.

Panelists: Jennifer Euston (Orange Is the New Black), Justin Spitzer (Superstore), Brian Michael Bendis (Powers), Brad DeLima (VP Casting, NBCUniversal)
Moderator: Tracy Lilienfield (Grace and Frankie)