Casting Society of America Hosts Global Open Call for Transgender Actors

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More than 30 CSA members worldwide will open their offices to trans artists on Oct. 22.

As part of its ongoing commitment to inclusion in the industry, the Casting Society of America will host an international open call for transgender actors.

On Sunday, more than 30 CSA members around the world will hold open calls at their offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Toronto, Montreal and London from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. local time, with Barcelona open during those times the following day.

Hollywood has often employed cisgender actors to portray transgender characters, including Jeffrey Tambor’s acclaimed turn as Maura Pfefferman on Amazon’s Transparent. “To you people out there, you producers and network owners and agents and you creative sparks, please give transgender talent a chance,” the actor said last year in accepting his second consecutive Emmy for the role. “Give them auditions. Give them their story. Do that. And also, one more thing: I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television.”

“The reasoning that a non-diverse ‘star’ gets to play a diverse role because there weren’t enough talented, diverse options is an industry myth,” CSA vp Russell Boast said in a statement. “We’re going to do something about that.”

The call is open to both union and non-union actors, who can be transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming and genderqueer. They will be asked to perform a two-page scene in front of a panel of two to four CSA casting director members.

“Trans people have worked hard to hone their craft, but rarely get the chance to be seen since so few are represented,” said Transgender Talent founder Ann Thomas in remarks thanking the CSA for its open call.