By Sameer Rao

ColorLines, October 14, 2016 —

The network’s Drama Diversity Casting Initiative will give performers from marginalized groups the chance to compete for future casting opportunities.

Colorlines Screenshot of the CBS logo, taken from Facebook on October 14, 2016.


CBS announced a new initiative for dramatic actors from marginalized groups.

The CBS Drama Diversity Casting Initiative is part of the network’s larger Diversity Institute, which features several programs and fellowships aimed at opening the doors to rising creators and performers from groups traditionally underrepresented in Hollywood.

For this particular program, interested performers must submit a taped monologue. Selected actors will meet with CBS executives for callbacks in Atlanta, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago and Miami. From that group, 14 to 16 people will go to Los Angeles in December to screen test in a CBS series. Those tests will then be available for creative teams and execs during the network’s pilot season.

Monologues must be submitted by October 28. Click here for more information.

(H/t Shadow and Act)