With the numbers in hand, AAPAC and legiters are now planning their next steps.
For AAPAC, the study and the roundtable--the third and largest of a series of events begun in the fall--reps the first step in raising awareness in every area of the industry.
reported the following breakdowns in the not-for-profit sector: Caucasian actors filled 81 percent of all roles, African Americans 12 percent, Latino/Latinas 3 percent, Asian Americans 2 percent and other ethnicities (such as Native American and actors of Middle Eastern descent) were at 2 percent.
Asian Americans were the only ethnic minority to actually decline," said AAPAC
steering committee member and actor Pun Bandhu, as he led the audience through the study, Out of the companies represented, Signature Theatre had the highest percentage of non-Caucasian actors (60), while Atlantic Theater Company had the lowest (7), with the New Group boasting the highest proportion of Asian-American actors (8 percent).