The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or a passionate fan, The Ensemblist gives listeners the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of Broadway. Do you sit down to read your Playbill at a Broadway show and wonder exactly who all those names are below the title? The Ensemblist focuses on those unsung heroes of the theatre world- the ensemble members making each show tick.
We are changing the conversation about what it means to be a successful artist on Broadway. Episodes cover topics that the general public may not know about- being a swing, replacing someone in a show, dancing with a partner night after night, what being “in tech” means, what it's like to dance captain or create new work from the ground up. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out.
(or, as we're known on our text thread, Nikka and Her Boys)
Mo Brady is a Broadway actor turned social media expert. He works as the Video and Social Media Producer for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a nonprofit that unites theatre artists and theatre lovers to help those in need.
Mo made his Broadway debut as the pumpkin pants-clad Conquistador in The Addams Family, where he also understudied the role of Wednesday’s boyfriend. Lucas Bieneke. On the second season of NBC’s "Smash", he played Gabe, one of the performers on Hit List’s journey from off-Broadway to the Tony Awards.
He lives in New Jersey with his husband and their two-year-old son.
NIKKA GRAFF LANZARONE
Nikka believes in telling stories from another angle. In finding out what the other side thinks. She believes in making everyone feel heard and important, and discovering what makes you tick. She believes in kindness, compassion, and humor above all. She is often lucky enough to do many of these things while singing and dancing on various stages in NYC and across the country. Nikka likes her husband, her cat, bourbon, and comedy. To learn more about Nikka, visit her website: nikka-graff-lanzarone.com
Kevin is a born and raised Jersey Boy with a love for puppies and a slight (read: severe) addiction to caffeine. His passion for theatre has lead him to a BA in Theatre from Point Park University and a plan to explore the industry through every field possible. twitter&insta: @theKevinBianchi
Chad started his journey with The Ensemblist as a swing (aka intern) in July 2014, and in March 2015, he took over the editor track, full time. He is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University with a double major in musical theatre and high school mathematics education. As an actor, some of Chad’s favorite credits include Melchior in Spring Awakening, Kyle (the UPS Guy) in Legally Blonde, Fred Casely in Chicago, and Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie. He is an Aries, a television junkie, and a self-proclaimed Starbucks addict.
social media wizard
Jackson is grateful to be a member of Team Ensemblist. A jack(son) of many trades, he has worked in the theatre in several capacities, both onstage and off. Recently toured with Cabaret. CAP21 Graduate. Twitter/Instagram: @JacksonDCline.
official podcast mascot
Chairman is thrilled to officially be acknowledged as part of The Ensemblist team, having been their unofficial mascot since the birth of the podcast in 2013. Although Uncle Mo is allergic, Chairman tries really hard not to hold that against him. Chairman enjoys listening to podcasts, jumping from the couch to the fridge, being the softest cat in the world, giving headbutts, and meowing a lot.