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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. 


"I Love My School!"

Mo Brady

In our first ever "College Week," The Ensemblist is celebrating the myriad of ways aspiring theatre artists receive an education in the arts. Today, we hear from Haley Ayers from Syracuse University.

Haley Ayers

Haley Ayers

It's the perfect balance of intense musical theatre training and the typical "college experience" that I was craving after going to an arts high school. 

Within the Department of Drama, Syracuse offers acting, musical theatre, stage management, theatre management, and theatre design and technology majors. So you're constantly surrounded by fellow emerging theatre artists who are incredibly supportive. We’ve also got some pretty cool alumni that have walked the halls before us. There’s Jessie Mueller, Vanessa Williams, and Taye Diggs just to name a few.

Our faculty is wonderful as well! They're all there to help us become our best self so we're prepared for whatever path we take after graduation. Even if that means taking us on a casual coffee date just to talk about how crazy life is. 

I think the most unique aspect of our department is our relationship with Syracuse Stage. We take our classes at the stage, we get to see their incredible shows for free, and we're even lucky enough to have the actors join us in our classes to discuss their experiences in the industry. Another special thing about this relationship is that in addition to our regular Drama Department season of shows, we do at least one Syracuse Stage and SU Department of Drama co-production each year. We get to audition to be in these Equity productions and work with professionals, so we can start racking up EMC points in addition to our training. 

Haley Ayers

Haley Ayers

Listen to our episodes on college theatre programs here.