On occasion, someone—usually a friend in the arts—will tell me, “I don’t see race.” It’s a well-meaning comment expressing, perhaps, a commitment to seeing people as individuals and not as stereotypes.
Of course, it is almost impossible not to “see race” in the performing arts. The centrality of vision in theater structures almost every aspect of the production process. For example, headshots exist to enable a good, long look at a person before any hiring commitments are made.
Read “three things that everyone should know about theater and race” at Backstage.com