Recognized by many as the industry leader in actor showcases designed to highlight diverse talent, the CBS Diversity Institute Talent Showcases are in their eleventh 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, 354 actors have appeared in the CBS Diversity Talent Showcases and as a direct result there have been 2,654 auditions and from those auditions actors have landed 605 roles.
Upcoming Talent Showcase:
CBS TO SPONSOR TWELFTH ANNUAL DIVERSITY SKETCH COMEDY SHOWCASE
SUBMISSION PERIOD IS NOW OPEN!
SUBMIT TO: BREAKDOWN SERVICES or ACTOR’S ACCESS
SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY DEADLINE: 09/02/2016
IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE SUBMIT ACTOR’S ONLINE DEMO CLIPS ALONG WITH EACH ACTOR SUBMISSION
[SKETCH COMEDIANS]This showcase is focused on African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latino and Native American actors with extensive sketch comedy experience. Additionally, actors with disabilities and LGBT actors of any ethnicity should submit. Each audition will require two minutes total of original character sketches or impressions. Performers will be asked to present 4 unique, DIFFERENT and hilarious characters in this time. Think along the lines of the characters/sketches you would see on any big Sketch Comedy show.
Most Recent Showcase
CBS Diversity hosted its 11th annual Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, January 2016. At each performance the theatre was filled beyond its 360-seat capacity with agents, managers, studio and network executives and Hollywood tastemakers.
Under the guidance of director Rick Najera (writing credits include In Living Color,” “MADtv” and “Latinologues on Broadway) 23 actors and 60 writers, selected from more than 4,000 who applied, wrote more than 1,300 sketches and performed all-original material. The four-day event was produced by CBS Casting SVP Fern Orenstein who has been in charge of Diversity Talent Showcases for CBS since 2002.
Past participants in the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcases include Justin Hires (Rush Hour), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Geoffrey Arend (Madam Secretary), Eugene Codero (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Masi Oka (Hawaii Five-O) and many more.