Studio For Performing Arts LA is the WINNER of the Regional 2021 BroadwayWorld Awards for "Best Special Event."
Thank you to all who voted and supported our winning event, our MENASA Diversity Showcase, directed by Walid Chaya.
A special thank you to our event partners, the MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition. Your support is greatly appreciated!
ABOUT THE WINNING EVENT:
On May 8th, 2021 our open call helped performers of MENASA (Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia) descent raise their acting profile and visibility to a powerhouse panel of film and television talent agents, directors, producers and casting professionals.
Over 200 MENASA actors submitted, 80 of whom were scheduled to perform a one-minute monologue in the three hour virtual initiative produced by our team.
This underrepresentation can make it difficult for upcoming MENASA performers to find work and struggle to be seen by casting directors and other industry professionals. We are working together to help performers from these areas get a foot in the door through their virtual open call.
As a recent study by the MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition showed, only 1 percent of all television actors are of MENASA descent. Together we strive to change this to a more inclusive percentage.
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