A Conversation about the History of Casting


Friday, January 27, 2017, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke Street, Room 203

Presented by: Theater, Dance & Media
Admission: Free 

How did contemporary casting practices come into being? Do you know the sordid history of the headshot? Why do casting controversies figure so prominently in discussions about race, gender and sexuality in contemporary theatre?

Drawing upon his ongoing research for his book-length study of the topic (Casting, A History), performance historian Brian Herrera (Princeton University) will invite questions from those assembled to guide a lively interactive discussion about the history of casting in US popular performance.

This conversation aims to press the critical, creative and historical understanding of casting beyond familiar zero-sum measures of good/bad, success/failure or right/wrong so as to cultivate an appreciation of casting as a dynamic repertoire of performance techniques, practices and conventions ripe for experimentation, innovation and revision.