Talent Showcases

Recognized by many as the industry leader in actor showcases designed to highlight diverse talent, the CBS Diversity Institute Talent Showcases are in their ninth year and are attended by senior level CBS Entertainment executives, as well as showrunners and casting directors from series on CBS as well as other networks and high level talent agents.


To date, across all categories, 289 actors have appeared in the CBS Diversity Talent Showcases and as a direct result there have been 1690 auditions and from those auditions actors have landed 460 roles.

Upcoming Talent Showcase:


The showcase is focused on African American, Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Native American actors with extensive sketch comedy experience. Additionally, actors with disabilities or LGBT actors of any ethnicity can submit. 

Each audition will require two minutes total of original character sketches or impressions. Aim for 3-4 unique, funny characters. 

Think along the lines of any big Sketch Comedy show. STRONG SKETCH OR IMPROV COMEDY BACKGROUND PREFERRED.

Michael Campanizzi at michael.campanizzi@cbs.com

Most Recent Showcase

CBS’ most recent talent showcase was the ninth Annual Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase held January 22nd & 23rd, 2014, at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles and filled the house for 4 performances.  More than 20 actors and writers were selected from more than 4,000 applicants who applied and 2,500 that auditioned, who in turn wrote and performed their own original material under the supervision of Director Rick Najera.  The Showcase was produced by CBS Casting VP Fern Orenstein who has been in charge of a variety of Diversity Talent Showcases for CBS since 2002. Noted CBS Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Josie Thomas: "CBS is proud that the Showcase continues to result in more diverse professional auditions, representation and bookings."

Other CBS showcases have included Latino Talent Showcases in partnership with NOSOTROS, Native American Talent Showcases in association with American Indians in Film and Television, Asian Pacific American Talent Showcases in association with East West Players, African American Showcases in collaboration with The Robey Theatre Company and a showcase for performers with disabilities in association with the California State Media Access Office. More events are planned with these and other groups.

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