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Report finds some gains for minority actors in NYC

The Associated Press, Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 12:34pm (PST)

NEW YORK (AP) — 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, but whites continue to be overrepresented, according to a new report.

The Asian American Performers Action Coalition released its annual report on ethnic representation on New York stages and found that African-American actors were cast in 16 percent of all roles, Hispanics in 3 percent and Asian-American actors in 3 percent. Caucasians filled 77 percent of all roles.

Black actors increased their representation by 2 percent compared to last season, while Hispanics stayed the same as last season, and Asian-Americans saw their numbers tick up by 1 percent.

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Online: http://www.aapacnyc.org

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