CBS has announced the 12 participants selected for its Drama Diversity Casting Initiative. The 12 were chosen from a nationwide search from over 10,000 submissions. Out of those 10,000 submissions, there were 450 call-backs, resulting in 12 actors traveling to Los Angeles for a network screen test for CBS’s current series, upcoming pilots and beyond.

The initiative is designed to reach untapped talent across the country and is focused on increasing opportunities for people who belong to groups that have traditionally been underrepresented, including African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, LGBTQ actors and performers with disabilities.

The 12 participants are Alexa Adderley, Austin, TX; Noel Braham, Marietta, GA; Regina Chen, Houston, TX; Ivan Ellis, Lansing, IL; Anna Enger, Canton, GA; Joe Gallegos, Jr., Albuquerque, NM; Isabella Star LaBlanc, St. Paul, MN; Kiki Layne, Chicago, IL; Eric Lynch, Chicago, IL; Ana Daniela Osorio, Miami, FL; Nican Robinson, Oakland, CA; Dominique Worsley, Chicago, IL.

Top row, L-R: Alexa Adderley, Noel Braham; Bottom row L-R: Regina Chen, Ivan Ellis
Top row, L-R: Alexa Adderley, Noel Braham; Bottom row L-R: Regina Chen, Ivan Ellis
Top row, L-R: Anna Enger, Joe Gallegos, Jr. Bottom row, L-R: Isabella Star LaBlanc, Kiki Layne
Top row, L-R: Anna Enger, Joe Gallegos, Jr. Bottom row, L-R: Isabella Star LaBlanc, Kiki Layne
Top row, L-R: Eric Lynch, Ana Daniela Osorio; Bottom row, L-R: Nican Robinson, Dominique Worsley
Top row, L-R: Eric Lynch, Ana Daniela Osorio; Bottom row, L-R: Nican Robinson, Dominique Worsley

“The response to this initiative was incredible and we look forward to working with these talented actors from across the country on their respective screen tests. We are hopeful this opportunity will serve as a launching pad for their careers on CBS and within the industry,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment.

The Network’s ongoing talent initiatives are part of the CBS Diversity Institute, a comprehensive program designed to identify and develop diversity and inclusion within the writing, directing and talent communities. In addition to the Comedy and Drama Showcases, the CBS Diversity Institute includes the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, the CBS Directing Initiative and numerous actor workshops conducted nationwide, as well as writer workshops conducted in Los Angeles.

The 12th annual Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase is scheduled for January 17, 2017.