A free professional tool aimed to increase the representation of Deaf and disabled performers in Australia has been launched by The Casting Guild of Australia (CGA) and the Australian casting resource Showcast. Showcasing the pool of talent to industry professionals, the edicated platform will be hosted on Showcast’s website and be made available to national casting directors, agents and producers.
The portal will host self-taped video footage of individual performers as well as a headshot and CV for industry professionals to use to cast their projects. Performers wanting to submit their details simply need to log-in to Showcast’s portal.
An initiative of CGA’s Inclusivity Committee led by casting director, Angela Heesom, the tool was designed to widen the pool from which casting directors and directors draw their talent.
‘We really wanted to make a difference,’ Heesom said. ‘Not only to showcase a vibrant and talented pool of Deaf and disabled artists, but to facilitate greater inclusion and equality of representation on our screens. Stories told authentically are what audiences want to see, and our Inclusion Committee is really excited about this launch and already working on the next.”
CGA President, Thea McLeod said: ‘This is one of a series of CGA projects to support the equity and inclusion for all performers in the film and television industry and we’re delighted to be working with Showcast on this meaningful initiative. Together, we can highlight a breadth of Deaf and disabled performers to create further opportunities in TV, film and on the stage. We are very excited about the talented performers this initiative will lead us to.”
Actor, filmmaker, and dancer Daniel Monks said: ‘As a disabled actor, I find CGA and Showcast’s new database dedicated to increasing the representation of Deaf and disabled performers in Australia incredibly heartening. Inclusion and accessibility within our industry is a necessity, and I heartily encourage any interested Deaf and disabled performers to utilise this important initiative.’
For more information, visit the CGA website.