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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. 


Futaba Shioda: Trans and Non-Binary Actors to Know

Angela Tricarico

Interview by Anna Altheide

Futaba Shioda (Photo by THEGINGER3BEARDMEN for The Ensemblist)

Futaba Shioda (Photo by THEGINGER3BEARDMEN for The Ensemblist)

What musical had the biggest impact on you growing up?

Peter Pan.

What’s your dream role and why?

Moritz from Spring Awakening. I would love the opportunity to play the underdog, the kid who is trying his hardest to “get it” but can’t seem to and turns to singing some killer rock music to express it. 

How do you believe your identity has played a part in developing your current career?

Being a transgender person of color is still met with a lot of ignorance and unawareness in the entertainment industry, especially in the musical theatre world. Coming out as trans taught me how to truly stand up for myself, make boundaries, and break down expectations in a way that has freed me from accepting anything less than full respect, as a queer actor and as an Asian actor as well. I know I risked a lot coming out and was initially told there “wasn’t much for me” onstage but I have no regrets about choosing my authentic happiness over others’ close-mindedness. It has given me a kind of boldness and freedom I otherwise might not have known.

What advice or wisdom would you give your younger self, or a young person in a similar situation?

The times may not have caught up to you but give it your all to change it as best you can in your lifetime. You and future generations will benefit from this insistence. Love yourself first; the art and craft will come after and better than ever. 

Futaba Shioda (Photo by THEGINGER3BEARDMEN for The Ensemblist)

Futaba Shioda (Photo by THEGINGER3BEARDMEN for The Ensemblist)