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, 331 actors have appeared in the CBS Diversity Talent Showcases and as a direct result there have been 2,183 auditions and from those auditions actors have landed 548 roles.
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Most Recent Showcase
CBS Diversity hosted its 10th annual Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, January 20th, 21st and 22nd. There were five sold out performances over three days. Also, for the first time in showcase history, there was a special Television Critics Association preview performance for more than 50 TCA members during Winter Press tour.
21 actors and 60 writers were selected from more than 4,000 who applied and over 2500 that auditioned, who in turn wrote over 1,300 sketches and performed their own original material under the guidance of Director Rick Najera whose writing credits include, “In Living Color,” “MADtv” and “Latinologues on Broadway.”
The Showcase, part of the CBS Diversity Institute, is produced by CBS Casting SVP Fern Orenstein who has produced the Diversity Talent Showcases since 2002. “For 10 years Fern and Rick have created Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcases that have thrilled audiences across Hollywood. Congratulations to them for setting a standard that has exceeded all expectations.” noted Josie Thomas , EVP and Chief Diversity Officer.