Unions Address Diversity, Disabilities

ny Award-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, starring in "Kiss Me, Kate" on Broadway until January, will deliver the keynote address at a two-hour Actors' Equity-sponsored forum on Diversity in Casting Tues., Nov. 14, beginning at 5 pm.The forum will be open to Actors' Equity members, and is designed to discuss ways the audition system might be improved to attract a more diversified group of performers.Sharon Jensen will moderate the panel, which will be held at the Equity Audition Center, on the second floor of the Equity Building, located at 165 W. 46th Street. Jensen is the executive director of the Non-Traditional Casting Project, sponsored by the Committees for Racial Equality and Membership Education of Actors' Equity.For additional information, or to RSVP, call Willie Boston at (212) 869-8530. The next evening, Nov. 15, the Equal Opportunity Committee of the New York Local of AFTRA will present "Creating Television Shows for a Diverse America: What AFTRAns Need to Know." The evening will include a reception at 6 pm, with the seminar beginning at 6:30 pm, followed by a question and answer period.On Nov. 16, the New York Local of AFTRA has scheduled an Outreach 2000 program targeted specifically for people with disabilities at 6:30 pm. Industry representatives, PWD consultants, AFTRA staff, and performers from all categories will be on hand to speak and answer questions. Both events will take place in the 7th Floor Conference Room at the Union's offices, 260 Madison Avenue. Admission is free to paid-up AFTRA, AEA, and SAG members. For information on either of these events, call the committee secretary at (212) 532-0800, ext. 25