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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. 


5 Debut Questions: Mean Girls' Jake Swain

Mo Brady

Today on the blog, we welcome Mean Girls ensemblist Jake Swain to Broadway and learn about his journey to the Main Stem.

Jake Swain (left, with Cheech Manohar and Daryl Tofa)

Jake Swain (left, with Cheech Manohar and Daryl Tofa)

1. What is your name and hometown?

Jake Swain from Orem, UT.

2. What is your role/track in your Broadway debut?

I play Tyler Kimble in the Ensemble — one of the Mathletes!

3. How did you find out you had booked the part?

I was working a double shift at my restaurant, Le Bernardin Prive. It had been several weeks since I'd gone through final callbacks with the team. So I had 100% moved on and made peace with the fact that it hadn't panned out this time around. I was in the back polishing silverware with my friend Katy when I saw I had an email from Bethany Knox at Telsey asking me to call her. (I didn't have any reps at the time, so casting was contacting me directly.) My stomach flipped. I mumbled something about needing to step out. Then I ran to the staff room and called casting. Beth told me the news. I flipped out, ran outside, and called my family. Then, I went back and finished my second shift at the restaurant. 

4. What's been the most surprising thing about preparing to perform the show?

Well, I didn't expect to feel so much anxiety in the weeks leading up to the first rehearsal. I just didn't know what to expect. But this company and these audiences are fantastic. There's support flowing from every direction. Makes work a joy.

5. What are you looking forward to most about your experience on Broadway?

Everything! The learning and growing that's coming. The relationships. The moments of "whoa, how did we get here?" And sharing those moments with everyone who’s helped me get here: family, teachers, friends, mentors.

Jake Swain

Jake Swain