Updated: February 12, 2013 1:20 PM | By Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press, thecanadianpress.com

Report finds some gains for minority actors in NYC

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.


Report finds some gains for minority actors in NYC

FILE- This Jan. 19, 2012 file photo shows posters advertising Broadway shows, including the now closed "Sister Act," are displayed in Shubert Alley, in New York. The percentage of minority actors working on Broadway and at the top 16 not-for-profit theater companies in New York City rose to 23 percent during the 2011-2012 season. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

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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Online: http://www.aapacnyc.org

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