This doesn’t only apply to Black actors in “non traditionally” cast Principal Roles. But I wanted to celebrate a few of my friends that had the opportunity to step into these non traditional roles this year. Either as the role itself, or as the understudy.
When these opportunities are given, it usually excites people to see the different takes on these characters. Different point of views and experiences can often be very exciting to witness as well as create. This extends beyond the stage actor. But also to the directors, choreographers, the costumers, the stage managers etc.
Just think of how much untapped talent there is waiting to be witnessed if only given “the chance."