NEW YORK, N.Y. – The percentage of minority actors working on Broadway and at the top 16 not-for-profit theatre companies in New York City rose to 23 per cent during the 2011-2012 season, but whites continue to be overrepresented, according to a new report.
The Asian American Performers Action Coalition released its second annual look at ethnic representation on New York stages and found that minority actors overall saw a 2 per cent increase from the previous season.
It found that African-American actors were cast in 16 per cent of all roles, Hispanics in 3 per cent and Asian-American actors in 3 per cent. Caucasians filled 77 per cent of all roles, far outweighing their respective population size in the metro and tri-state areas.
According to 2010 U.S. Census numbers, blacks make up 23 per cent of the city’s population and 17 per cent of the tri-state area; Hispanics made up 28.6 per cent of the city and 22 per cent of the tri-state area; and Asian-Americans comprised 13 per cent of the city and 9 per cent of the tri-state area. Whites are 33 per cent of the city and almost 62 per cent of the tri-state’s population.
Black actors increased their representation by 2 per cent compared to last season, while Hispanics stayed the same as last season, and Asian-Americans saw their numbers tick up by 1 per cent.
For the second year in a row, the not-for-profit sector lagged behind the commercial sector when it came to hiring minorities. Minority employment for the non-profit companies fell below 20 per cent for the second year in a row.
While the numbers of black and Latino actors on non-profit stages increased, the number of Asian-American actors hasn’t budged from the 2 per cent-mark for the past three years. By comparison, five years ago Asian-Americans represented 7 per cent of working actors.
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