Why are Asian Americans invisible on New York stages? Feb. 13 industry town hall confronts the powers-that-be.

IN THE CULTURE OF ONE WORLD

NEW YORK CITY:  The Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) released today a slew of statistics which they argue constitute the smoking gun that Asian American performers are not part of “the trend toward more inclusive casting” in New York theater.

In a prepared statement, the coalition states that:

  • “Asian American performers are the least likely among the major minority groups to play roles that are not defined by their race”;
  • “[In terms of casting], Asian American performers saw their numbers drop, from 3 percent of all roles five years ago to 1 percent in the 08/09 and 09/10 seasons with a slight up tick to 2 percent this past year.
  •  “While they [Asians] were as likely as their Latino colleagues to be non-traditionally cast five and four years ago, in the past three years, the numbers of non-traditionally cast roles increased for Latinos while they…

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