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National Theatre to host casting event for transgender actors

The National Theatre on London's South Bank. Photo: Philip Vile The National Theatre on London's South Bank. Photo: Philip Vile
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A casting event for transgender actors is being held at the National Theatre, which aims to foster links between performers and creatives.

It will also seek to better understand how to support the trans community in theatre.

The NT is partnering with Spotlight on the event, with involvement from Equity and the Old Vic. The Old Vic’s casting team will be attending alongside the casting department from the NT, and other industry creatives, according to a document being circulated on social media.

The event, the first of its kind held by the NT, will take place on April 15 in London, and is aimed at “professional actors who identify as transgender, trans*, genderqueer, non-binary, gender fluid and intersex”.

The day is intended to be a “two-way meeting” for actors and creatives, the NT said, and an opportunity for trans actors to showcase their acting, meet with representatives from Equity and Spotlight and take part in an open discussion to help inform how the theatre industry can better support the trans acting community.

Equity, which is working in association with the NT on the event, said initiatives such as this would contribute to the production of a good-practice casting booklet for casting directors, which will be launched this year.

Ian Manborde, equalities and diversity organiser, said: “Equity’s LGBT+ committee has spearheaded a body of work that seeks to improve the opportunities to gain work for trans performers, and avoid traditional bias and stereotypes… The National Theatre’s co-operation with Equity’s initiative and its agreement to host an open casting session with trans performers in April is a significant first step in the right direction.”

Last year, trans performers shared their experiences of the industry as part of an event aimed at informing guidelines on how casting directors can work with them more sensitively and effectively.

More information can be found here.

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