Launched in October 2001, Walt Disney Television’s highly coveted Casting Project identifies/develops culturally and ethnically diverse talent and actors with disabilities by hosting a talent showcase each year in New York and Los Angeles. Former participants include ABC talent such as Liza Lapira (Super Fun Night, Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt 23), Jorge Garcia (LOST), Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids) and Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars). Selected participants perform live, one-act vignettes for casting directors, talent agents, managers and other industry professionals. The showcases are produced in partnership with AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), SAG (Screen Guild Actors) and Actors’ Equity Association.


Actors selected to participate in the Casting Project work with veteran directors for an intensive, two- to three-week rehearsal process in preparation for the East Coast or West Coast showcases. Each showcase spotlights actors performing one-act vignettes for invited casting directors, talent agents, managers and other industry professionals. Selected participants will be assigned an executive from the Casting Department who will act as their mentor for one year. Additionally, participants will have access to various ABC and ABC Studios executives. Various workshops also will be scheduled throughout the year for the actors to further hone their craft. As a direct result of the Casting Project, 90% of our showcase actors have either auditioned for, or were cast as, a series regular, recurring or guest role on primetime and/or daytime television, as well as being cast in film and commercial roles. What’s more, 60% have either met or signed with agents.


    The annual submission period for the New York and Los Angeles Casting Project showcases varies. Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.


    Actors must submit a headshot and résumé during the submission period. No material will be accepted outside of the designated submission period.

  • About The Selection Process

    After receiving submissions from across the country, each year the east and west coast ABC and ABC Studios primetime casting departments narrow down the search by selecting more than 1,200 actors to move into the audition process for the New York and Los Angeles showcases.

  • Requirements

    Participants for each talent showcase must be at least 18 years old. Previous acting experience/training is required of all, but professional representation is not necessary.