Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term Rainbow Casting.

On Rainbow Casting’s official page, our friends at Ma-Yi Theater defined the term as a show being cast “without regard to race or ethnicity.”

What’s your experience with rainbow casting? You can use the comments section to

— suggest additional definitions

— tell us when you’ve seen a “rainbow cast” or been part of one

— link to other sites or videos that seem rainbow casting-appropriate

If you’d like to make a Rainbow Casting video of your own, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor

  • I was surprised to see “all-black” casts of traditionally all-caucasion role plays called “rainbow” casting in the essay. The video defines rainbow casting as “casting without regard to race or ethnicity”. Having an all-black “Streetcar” seems more like inversion casting, or cross-racial casting, but certainly not the same as color blind casting.