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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. 


"This Experience was Out Of This World."

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Friend of the podcast Kamille Upshaw (Mean Girls) reflects on spending two years in the company of Broadway's Hamilton: An American Musical. 

Kamille Upshaw

Kamille Upshaw

Let me just start by saying that this experience was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Not only did I get to make my Broadway debut in Hamilton: An American Musical, I also got to meet the most FAMOUS people. All of them, literally all of them, were so sweet and in such awe of what we did on that Richard Rodgers stage. Lets just say I had two years of never ending parties and lots of fun. 

Now lets get to the good stuff! I’ve had the pleasure of being with Hamilton for two years but have recently ended my journey with them.  Although I’m starting a new adventure I absorbed so much knowledge but I’d say one of the biggest things that I’ve learned is how to reinvent my show. This means every time I hit that Richard Rodgers stage I started the show as if I had never done it before. With an open mind and an even bigger heart, I always felt so fulfilled. This is a concept that was first presented to me in my years at Juilliard but being a first time swing at Hamilton, I learned that this was going to be a major key in how I survive the swing world. The fun part about being a swing was that I got to be FIVE different people. I got to see and hear things from all angles of the stage. Although it made my job terrifying, it was extremely exciting. I wouldn’t have changed my Hamilton experience if I could. Now I have such a great appreciation for swings and how much work they do to keep a show running. 

Kamille Upshaw (left, with Karla Puno Garcia)

Kamille Upshaw (left, with Karla Puno Garcia)

Learn more about Hamilton and Swings on our podcast.