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Disney/ABC Television Group Sets Oct. 28 Talent Showcase Event

As part of its efforts to scout new and diverse talent, ABC Casting will present its 34th annual Talent Showcase on Tuesday at the El Portal Theatre Center for Performing Arts in North Hollywood.

The twenty actors participating in the showcase were selected from a pool of nearly 7,000 candidates, followed by about 700 auditions.  The actors will perform one-act original scenes, and following the showcase will work closely with ABC casting executives. They will also have the opportunity to audition for ABC Entertainment Group’s current slate of series and pilots.

“I can’t say it enough: our priority for the past 13 years has been and will continue to be finding, mentoring, and developing talent with authentic voices reflective of our world,” said Keli Lee, exec VP of ABC Casting.

This year’s showcase performers are: Daniel Bellomy, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Julissa Calderon, Vinny Chhibber, Jon Ecker, Luis Fernandez Gil, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, DaJuan Johnson, Khalilah Joi, Cindy Luna, Mapuana Makia, Vera Miao, Amy Okuda, Michelle Ortiz, Eddie Ramos, Byron Reo, Cornelius Smith Jr., Manny Streetz, Jim Titus and Tom Wiliamson.

Scenes for the showcase are written by: John Cariani, Robbie Chafitz, Wendy Mateo, Lorena Diaz, Chum Ehelepola, Avi Glijansky, Angelo Ierace, Kristine M. Reyes, Andrew Sanfod, Christy Smith-Sloman and Joseph Vargas. Sue Hamilton, Jaffar Mahmood, Jude Weng and Ellen D. Williams will direct.

Past Disney/ABC Television Groups Talent Showcase events previously discovered talent such as Randall Park of the Alphabet’s new comedy “Fresh Off The Boat,” “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Jesse Williams, “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o.

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