Approximately 450 people attended, according to AAPAC.
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.
The lack of enthusiasm for Kerry "is not just a problem with Arabs," says Abed Hammoud, a founder and the current president of AAPAC
. "That's true for the African-Americans I talk to.
In the study's introduction, AAPAC
wrote, "We hope this report will be used to track casting trends now and in the future, will raise awareness of and address inequities where they may exist, and can serve as a measure of how far we as a community have come on this issue." AAPAC
released its first "Ethnic Representation" study in 2012, tallying breakdowns from 2006-07 to 2010-11 (see AT April '12).
"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).
Hwang, in a disclaimer, said, "AAPAC doesn't necessarily seek equality of outcome.