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The Manifesto for Casting

The Manifesto for Casting is a radical campaign that seeks to change the entire audition process, from the initial job listing to pencilling. The document sets out a series of good practice principles which seeks to make casting clearer, fairer, less stressful and more inclusive for all.

The manifesto seeks to give all talented performers a chance to excel, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or socioeconomic background. It also underscores that actors should not be forced to move to London to pursue their careers, or give up their ambitions when they assume caring responsibilities.

The campaign aims to widen the net and open up opportunities for all parties: performers, casting directors, agents and audiences. As General Secretary Christine Payne said: "Our industries will only thrive by attracting and retaining professional talent, regardless of background or circumstances, to meet the ever growing demands for audio and audio-visual creative content on stage, on screen, online and on demand. This manifesto will be used by the union to seek the changes that will ensure the continued success of our creative industries.”

The Manifesto asks casting directors to commit to:

  • Increasing diversity and equality on stage, screen, radio and onlne
  • Recognising the caring responsibilities of performers
  • Audition venues being accessible to all
  • Performers being told when they are not given a role
  • Local talent given an opportunity to audition
  • A reduction in the number of recalls

This document will be used by Equity to seek the changes that will ensure the continued success of our creative industries.