Casting a Movement brings together US-based actors, directors, educators, playwrights, and scholars to explore the cultural politics of casting.

Drawing on the notion of a "welcome table"—a space where artists of all backgrounds can come together as equals to create theatre—the book’s contributors discuss casting practices as they relate to varying communities and contexts, including Middle Eastern American theatre, Disability culture, multilingual performance, Native American theatre, color- and culturally-conscious casting, and casting as a means to dismantle stereotypes. Syler and Banks suggest that casting is a way to invite more people to the table so that the full breadth of US identities can be reflected onstage, and that casting is inherently a political act; because an actor’s embodied presence both communicates a dramatic narrative and evokes cultural assumptions associated with appearance, skin color, gender, sexuality, and ability, casting choices are never neutral. By bringing together a variety of artistic perspectives to discuss common goals and particular concerns related to casting, this volume features the insights and experiences of a broad range of practitioners and experts across the field.

As a resource-driven text suitable for both practitioners and academics, Casting a Movement seeks to frame and mobilize a social movement focused on casting, access, and representation.

Chapter 2 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

chapter |8 pages


part I|24 pages

Culturally conscious casting

part II|27 pages

Approaches to casting Middle Eastern American theater

chapter 5|12 pages


A Middle Eastern American casting case study

chapter 6|10 pages

Casting Middle Eastern American theater

Cultural, academic, and professional challenges

part III|29 pages

Casting and disability culture

chapter 7|3 pages

Casting disabled actors

Taking our rightful place onstage?

chapter 8|12 pages

The difference disability makes

Unique considerations in casting performers with disabilities

chapter 9|12 pages

A great and complicated thing

Reimagining disability

part IV|29 pages

Casting and multilingual performance

chapter 10|2 pages

The sea will listen

chapter 12|11 pages

Creating emergent spaces

Casting, community-building, and extended dramaturgy

part V|27 pages

Casting contemporary Native American theater

part VI|29 pages

Subverting stereotypes

part VII|34 pages

Casting across identities

chapter 19|4 pages


chapter 20|13 pages

Collidescope 2.0

Performing the “alien gaze”

chapter |7 pages