Date of Award

Summer 8-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film and Theatre


Film and Theatre

Major Professor

L. Kalo Gow

Second Advisor

Diane Baas

Third Advisor

Kevin Griffin


Non-traditional casting has been a controversial practice in film, television and theatre that was implemented to offer people of color and women opportunities which had previously been available to white or male performers. The following is a case study documenting the process by which I have discovered that non-traditional casting as a practice contributes to the oppression of people of color as well as supports the status quo of the white patriarchy. This case study is analyzed from the historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical theories and ideologies relevant to the unsuccessful attempt of a female actor of African-American descent at portraying a white, Evangelical, male minister. It concludes with an invitation and an approach to making better people.


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