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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 will give you 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 the Broadway experience. 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. 

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"In these uncertain times we live in, the only way to survive is to support one another."

Mo Brady

Podcast guest Ariana Debose shares how she learned about the work of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and why she continues to support the organization.

Listen to our episodes now on Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Broadway Bares.

Ariana Debose

Ariana Debose

"Looking back, I realize I never fully understood the meaning of community until I participated in Gypsy of the Year (benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS) with my cast from Bring It On: the Musical. Cast members of other shows welcomed us with open arms! I remember several conversations with broadway vets where they told me stories of how BC/EFA had helped them personally over the years. Whether it was finding a therapist, helping out with the mortgage, or find the proper resources for whatever issues with at the time."

"Not only does Broadway Cares 'take care of their own,' but they reach far and wide - across the US & internationally- to provide a helping hand to all in times of crisis. Last year I participated in Broadway Bares, and I was so proud to have been the top fundraising female - bringing in just over $16,000." 

Ariana Debose in Broadway Bares 2017

Ariana Debose in Broadway Bares 2017

"Especially, in the midst of this campaign the horrific shooting in Orlando took place. Broadway Cares made sure that a large portion of the money we raised went to supporting victims & their families. Watching Broadway Cares' realtime response gave me such hope and I'm glad that I got to be apart of helping to make a difference in the wake of such tragedy."

"The power of theatre that you never know whose life your going to change on any given night. It's the same with Broadway Cares. I believe by giving for the sheer purpose of giving, one receives the greatest sense of joy and fulfillment. While you may not see it, you know that through BC/EFA that $1, $10, $100 is changing a life for the better."

"In these uncertain times we live in, it is clear to me now more than ever that the only way to survive is to support one another. This institution is a shining beacon of light. When we strengthen our community we take steps to strengthen and heal the country we love and the world we live in."

Listen to Ariana on our Live From Birdland episode here.