When used in the theatrical sense, “whitewashing” results from using non-traditional casting to cast white actors in roles that are written to be non-white characters. Whitewashing effectively erases the racial and ethnic identity and overwrites the cultural significance of the role. For more, please see Hererra, Guin, Morikawa.

Sources and Further Reading:

Guin, Rebekah Dare. “Whitewashing in Theatre Will Always be a Method of Racial Exclusion.” OnStage Blog, www.onstageblog.com/columns/whitewashing-in-theatre-will-always-be-a-method-of-racial-exclusion.

Herrera, Brian Eugenio. “Nevertheless, Whiteness Persisted.” Casting a Movement : The Welcome Table Initiative, edited by Claire Syler and Daniel Banks, Routledge, 2019, pp. 49-54, doi.org/10.4324/9780429488221.

Morikawa, Hannah. “What You Need to Know About Representation in Film.” Inkspire, 15 Jul. 2017, inkspire.org/post/what-you-need-to-know-about-representation-in-film/-Knh1X0CTuehYz-0gkDS.