Recent scholarship suggests that conscious casting should go past the colour-conscious and instead use “identity-conscious casting.” This term refers to consciously acknowledging an actor’s identity in relation to the play text during and after the casting process. Using “identity-conscious casting,” directors and casting directors can use the actor’s identity to further develop their relationship with the role by letting it inform their character’s role in the world of the play, further enriching the story being told. For more, please see Jadhwani and Vazquez.

Sources and Further Reading:

Jadhwani, Lavina and Victor Vazquez. “Identity-Conscious Casting: Moving Beyond Color-Blind and Color-Conscious Casting.” HowlRound Theatre Commons, 2 Feb. 2021,

Coronel, Joy Lanceta. “Say it Loud: A Roundtable on Accent Training for Racialized Actors.” York University Department of Theatre, 7 Feb. 2022.