Usually undertaken by a production’s director or casting director, “casting” is the process of selecting and hiring actors for roles in a theatrical production, film, television series, or other performance. By casting specific actors to play certain parts, the director or casting director can shape the story in their vision.

Sources and Further Reading:

Catliff, Suzy, and Jennifer Granville. The Casting Handbook: For Film and Theatre Makers. Routledge, 2013,

Herrera, Brian Eugenio. “Stealth Latinos: Casting the Limits of Racial Legibility at Midcentury.” Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance, University of Michigan Press, 2015, pp. 54-95,