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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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When Broadway Called - feat. Kiss Me, Kate

Mo Brady

Today on our blog, we welcome the two ensemble actors from the new Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate to Broadway and learn about their journeys to the Great White Way.

JESMILLE DARBOUZE (ENSEMBLE)

HOMETOWN: ELMONT, New York

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“My agents had called to let me know that an offer would be coming my way for the Broadway production. After having done the benefit concert two years ago, I couldn’t believe it. I just cried and cried. A lifelong dream fulfilled in a way I never imagined was possible. 

“I’m looking forward to learning from the many seasoned artists within the cast. The opportunity to share the stage with some of the most brilliant performers on Broadway is such a gift, and I will be soaking up every minute of it.

“I am also looking forward to sharing this experience with my family and friends, who for so long have supported me and not allowed me to give up. I tear up just thinking about my daughter one day saying, ‘My mom was on Broadway.’ To be able to share this with her is a blessing beyond blessings.”

SHERISSE SPRINGER (ENSEMBLE)

HOMETOWN: BRAMPTON, ONTARIO

Sherisse Springer

Sherisse Springer

“I got the phone call that I had dreamt of all my life.  I was at Astor Place, very pregnant, and fell to my knees on the sidewalk in tears.  Frightening for everyone around me, but one of those moments I will never forget.

“Not only is this my Broadway debut, but it’s also the first time I’ll be a working mother, so what I’m looking forward to most is being an example to my son as to why you should never give up on your dreams.”