Yesterday, ABC Talent and Casting presented the 2015 ABC Discovers: Los Angeles Talent Showcase, at the El Portal Theatre for the Performing Arts in North Hollywood, California. Part of Disney-ABC Television Group’s ongoing commitment to create opportunity for diverse talent, the live performance featured actors performing original one-act scenes to an audience of entertainment professionals.
This year’s talented performers, and where they’re each from, include: Sam Adegoke (Lagos, Nigeria), John Berchtold (Mays Landing, New Jersey), Stephen Chang (Los Gatos, California), Andrea Cortés (New York City, New York), Claudia Doumit (Sydney, Australia), Ali Ghandour (Azusa, California), Anita Kalathara (White Plains, New York), Hillary Anne Matthews (Orinda, California), Santina Muha (Toms River, New Jersey), VyVy Nguyen (Anaheim, California), Sol Rodriguez (Argentina), Kevin Sifuentes (Dallas, Texas), Dhruv Uday Singh (Mumbai, India), and Nathaniel Stroud (Miami, Florida).
The actors performed scenes written by Giles Clarke, Joseph P. Gerbino, Joe McQuillen, Mike Revenaugh, Ari Scott and Jude Weng.
This year’s scenes were directed by Creative Director Sue Hamilton, Jaffar Mahmood, and Jude Weng.
The Showcase is a rigorous audition and rehearsal process in which ABC Casting executives work with the actors to put on a one-night live performance, industry-only event, where more than 400 producers, agents, casting directors and entertainment executives attend. Following the Showcase, ABC Casting continues to champion and work with the actors throughout the next year by providing mentorship and acting opportunities on television.
To date, 36 Talent Showcases in Los Angeles and New York have been produced, and ABC Casting has mentored nearly 500 actors, continuing to serve as a launching pad for discovering new talent, like Lupita Nyong’o of "12 Years a Slave," Gina Rodriguez of "Jane The Virgin," Chadwick Boseman of "Black Panther" and "42," Randall Park of "Fresh Off The Boat," Cornelius Smith, Jr. of "Scandal," Pedro Pascal of "Narcos," Jesse Williams of "Grey’s Anatomy," and "Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
The Disney-ABC Television Group’s commitment to discovering and nurturing diverse talent is exemplified through many different programs, including ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase, Disney/ABC Writing Program, Disney/ABC/DGA Directing Program, The Production Associates Program, and National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) Writing Workshop. Many of the actors selected were submitted through showcase partners SAG-AFTRA, Actor’s Equity Association and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, as well as theatre companies and organizations throughout the country.