Also known as “race-conscious casting,” this is the practice of actively acknowledging the race of the performers during the casting/rehearsal process. This approach differs from “colour-blind casting” in that rather than attempting to ignore the actors’ race during the casting process, the actors’ race is actively acknowledged and may be used strategically to create or alter the meaning of relationships between characters, the meaning of specific lines, and overall affect the world of the play. For more, please see Frazer-Carroll, Ingersoll and Selenow, Wilson.

Sources and Further Reading:

Frazer-Carroll, Micha. “‘It’s Dangerous Not to See Race’: Is Colour-Blind Casting All It’s Cracked Up to Be?” The Guardian, 11 Aug. 2020,

Ingersoll, Karena Fiorenza, and Deena Selenow. “You Want a Diverse Theatre? Prove it.” HowlRound Theatre Commons, 28 Aug. 2015,

Wilson, Melinda D. “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone: An Experiment in “Race-Conscious” Casting.” Theatre Topics, vol. 19, no. 1, 2009, p. 39-49. Project MUSE,