ABC Casting Department is Now Accepting Submissions for the ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase – New York

SAG-AFTRA New York Members - Do Not Miss This Opportunity!

As part of its ongoing effort to discover and develop diverse talent and actors with disabilities, the ABC Casting Department will hold auditions for consideration for the 39th ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase.

Selected participants perform in a one night showcase for casting directors, talent agents, managers and other industry professionals.

In addition, the selected showcase actors are awarded a one-year mentorship with executives from the New York Casting Department.  As part of the mentorship, the showcase actors will be offered on-camera workshops specifically for them to further hone their craft and auditioning skills. Talent will also have access to various ABC and ABC Studios executives.

Former participants include Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Golden Globe Winner Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Cornelius Smith Jr. (Scandal), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (A Dog’s Purpose), Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars), Pedro Pascal (Narcos), Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 2 & 3), Jorge Garcia (Hawaii 5-0; Lost), Ali Stroker (Broadway’s Spring Awakening; The Glee Project), Kevin Alejandro (Lucifer), Kimiko Glenn (Orange Is The New Black) and Arjun Gupta (The Magicians).
Submissions must be received via the email address below no later than Friday, June 2.
Submission Instructions and Information (please read carefully before submitting):

  1. Email headshot and resume to  
  2. Only one submission will be accepted. Do not double submit if you have already submitted through another union or other entities.
  3. Submissions will not be accepted after the submission period.
  4. No phone calls to ABC please.

Participants for the talent showcase must be at least 18 years old. Previous acting experience, training, or both, is required of all, but professional representation is not necessary.

ABC will contact selected actors to schedule an audition. All finalists will be required to sign paperwork agreeing to grant ABC an option to enter into a talent hold agreement in connection with their participation in the showcase.

ABC has a long-standing commitment to promote diversity in the entertainment industry through a variety of projects administered by the ABC Casting Department. The ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase offers an excellent opportunity for talent that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Questions? Click here for SAG-AFTRA’s Diversity Casting Showcase Submissions FAQs. 

We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, age, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless otherwise specifically indicated.

This email is being sent as a courtesy to the casting agency and as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members in the New York Local. SAG-AFTRA has no responsibility for the email’s content or for the referenced project. Any questions should be addressed to the casting agency. This email is not intended to serve as an endorsement of any party or project referenced herein.

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