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A NOTE ON OUR CASTING
Those of us directly involved in casting at Match: Lit are keenly aware of the limited opportunities made available in the professional classical theater world for underrepresented artists, and we are committed to doing our part in not only creating opportunities for underrepresented actors, but also seeking to rectify the unjust representation that is so often seen in Shakespeare's works.
We make every conscious effort to cast each of our projects creatively, conscientiously, and responsibly - so our audiences can expect to see:
Actors playing roles for which they are not typically cast (like gender variation, character merging for the sake of creating more well-rounded arcs, or eliminating/re-interpreting particularly damaging references to skin tone, race, and religion);
Adequate representation to encompass a broad racial, ethnic, genderqueer, and disabled coalition of artistic voices, opinions, and lived experiences;
Refusal to cast actors from underrepresented groups into roles that are not well-rounded, or worse, that promote damaging stereotypes of those particular groups while consistently casting actors of privilege in direct juxtaposition
We start at the very root, in the casting pool, to provide opportunities to our New York classical acting family, and we prioritize our actors over all else. We do our homework, we analyze and consider all character relationships, and we strive to do our utmost to represent, support, and uplift those who may not gain that opportunity elsewhere.
Upon building significant and meaningful relationships with our artists - especially our Alums and Artistic Associates - we focus on each of their journeys and interests for personal growth: and in almost every circumstance, no character will be off limits.
IN THE ROOM
Our organization is young and our platform is still small, but any silence is still complicit.
"Not racist", "not homophobic", and "not ableist" are simply not enough; until the country's systems are completely overturned, we are re-committing to our root principles of anti-racism, queer-friendly, and accessible casting and productions.
This stands for arts organizations like Match: Lit, as well as any interaction in the workplace or day-to-day life. We take very seriously the act of calling in microaggressions and treating every cast member and creative person with the utmost respect, and this is addressed in writing at every audition and verbally at least every initial rehearsal. Those who find themselves unable or unwilling to comply compromise the freedom and liberty of our artistic space, our family, and our mission, and will not be asked to rejoin us for future projects.
Feel like you need to catch up before joining us? Here's how you can help:
LEARN. If your gut reaction is to avoid talking about racism, please start by educating yourself:
- "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" (by Peggy McIntosh);
- "Racism Cont'd" (from the What A Day podcast on Spotify)
- "In Defense Of Looting" (from The New Inquiry)
ADJUST. Examine your own behavior and make changes.
- "Five Racist 'Anti-Racism' Statements..." (by Katie Anthony)
- "What To Do Instead Of Calling The Police" (A living document by Aaron Rose with even more resources internally)
- "75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice" (A living document by Corinne Shutack)
DONATE. Here are a few options for those who wish to contribute monetarily:
- Give directly to the Black Lives Matter movement;
- Give to bail funds for any city in the U.S.;
- Give to Reclaim the Block
- Justice for Breonna Taylor
- Justice for George Floyd
VOTE. Especially if you're in one of six battleground states. And if you're not, adopt one. Not sure if you're registered? Moved recently? More questions? You'll find everything you need at Vote Save America (dot com).
LISTEN. Listen to a wide variety of members from different marginalized communities, and speak up to folks in more privileged circles in their defense.
Here is a lengthy, but not comprehensive list of anti-racism resources, including materials for parents, books, podcasts, articles, and more.
We're here for the work. We hope you do the same.
GENERAL AUDITIONS: BARDcore
General Auditions for each round of BARDcore are held twice annually in Manhattan.
The next set of General Auditions have not yet been scheduled; once the threat of the pandemic has subsided, we will continue in our efforts to meet even more incredible artists from across the New York metro area.
The easiest way to get involved is to meet us! Come see a BARDcore reading, submit for an appointment at our General Auditions, or take a class and see what makes our Shakespeare a little bit different.
We're always eager to meet our fellow Shakesnerds!