Also sometimes referred to as “gender-conscious casting” and “cross-gender casting,” this is the practice of casting performers of different genders in roles written as or traditionally played by someone of another gender, typically male. This concept is different from “gender-blind casting,” as “gender-swapped casting” reimagines the role using the gender identity of the actor who is cast. For more, please see Minnicino, Sheehan-Clark.

Sources and Further Reading:

Minnicino, Matthew. “He That Plays the King.” HowlRound Theatre Commons, 29 Apr. 2016,

Sheehan-Clark, Lauren. “Limitations of Gender-Swapped Theater: A Closer Look at West End’s ‘Company’ Revival.” The Daily Californian, 21 Mar. 2019,