DIVERSITY IN CASTING

Saturday 11:30-12:00, UPSTAIRS THEATRE

Panelists: Albert Bramante, Rakesh Shah (Kesh Casting) and Rita Powers (Rita Powers Casting) 

Moderator: Shubhra Prakash

Will I be seen? The panel discusses their approach to diversity— how and when to push for a more diverse cast and how to reflect in casting, the changing demographics of the world we live in. Casting director, agents, and managers will discuss the mechanics of auditioning and negotiating offers. The panel will also include the dos and donts of auditioning, but will mostly focus on the current discussion of how to encourage diversity in the performing arts.

Albert Bramante: 

Albert BramantestartedEmerging Talent in 2004 first as a management company then transitioned to a licensed Talent Agent in 2008.  Prior to being an agent, Albert started out as an actor, and then moved into a brief stint into casting.  Additionally, he has a PhD in Psychology.  Client's of Emerging Talent have booked roles on many off Broadway shows, National Tours,  Commercials, Feature Films, and various Print Campaigns.  Clients have also appeared on such TV Shows as Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Gotham, Blindspot, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Law & Order SVU, The Following, Bull, The Path, etc.
 

Rakesh Shah: 

“It has been going for now about 3 yrs and strong. It all started when I was 10 yrs old when me and my mom and grandmother started watching the adventures of Superman starring George Reeves.. I told them when i started watching it i will be in movies and it happen my first big break was threw the amazing casting dir Debbie Delisi in the movie BIRDMAN. I had the opportunity to work along side one of my heros Michael Ketan.. And After that I have worked with the best of the best in NYC AND INDIAN as a casting assit and becoming myself a casting dir, and  that i don't even know how it happen, for example Rita Powers, Meredith, Debbie and Adam Delisi & Central Casting and Grant Wilfy Casting that they know me and i got some great quotes from each one that it keeps me going... so this is my life and i wont change it for a bit... “

 

 

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