Original Post By Robert Seidman – October 19, 2010
DISNEY/ABC TELEVISION GROUP’S CASTING DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES ITS 25TH TALENT SHOWCASE ON NOVEMBER 10, PROVIDING A PLATFORM TO PRESENT DIVERSE ACTORS TO THE INDUSTRY
12 Actors to Perform in Los Angeles for a Select Group of Network and Industry Executives
As part of its continuing effort to find and develop culturally and ethnically diverse talent and actors with disabilities, the Disney/ABC Television Group’s Casting Project will celebrate its 25th showcase featuring 12 talented, yet-to-be discovered actors. The presentations will take place at the El Portal Theatre Center for Performing Arts in North Hollywood, on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10.
Twelve actors were selected from among more than 5000 candidates who submitted their resumes and the 500 who auditioned for ABC casting executives in Los Angeles. The actors will showcase their skills in one-act vignettes directed by Sue Hamilton and Luanne Nunes de Char to an audience of industry executives and decision makers. Many of the actors selected came to the showcase through its partners AFTRA, SAG, East West Players, Media Access, Nosotros and the Robey Theatre, as well as many other theatre companies and organizations in the Los Angeles area. Following the showcase, all 12 actors will be assigned a network executive from the casting department who will act as their mentor and help nurture their skills and provide guidance throughout the year. The actors will also audition throughout for ABC Entertainment Group’s current series and pilots.
The talented actors to be featured at the showcase, which is not open to the public, are Brandon Bell, Mariah Buzolin, Ace Marrero, Nikki McKenzie, Brittany Phillips, Nadine Rajabi, Bryant Romo, Adeye Sahran, Jean Paul San Pedro, Keong Sim, Aiden Simko and Sara Tomko.
The casting showcase is spearheaded by Keli Lee, executive vice president, Casting; Ayo Davis, vice president, Casting; Randi Chugerman, executive director, Casting; Karen Noble, manager, Casting and Showcase Coordinator Peachy Pascual and the Los Angeles casting Office.
“We are very excited to present our 25th showcase as a testament to the success of the program,” Ms. Lee said. “ABC’s commitment to introduce a diverse talent pool to the industry is as strong as ever.”
ABC’s Los Angeles and New York Talent Showcases have been the launching pad for discovering new talent, including Jesse Williams, who currently stars on “Grey’s Anatomy” as Dr. Jackson Avery, and “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
The Disney/ABC Television Group’s commitment to discovering and nurturing diverse talent is exemplified through many different programs, including the Casting Project, the Disney/ABC Writing Program, the Disney/ABC/DGA Directing Program, The Production Associates Program and The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) Writing Workshop.