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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: Hadestown's Damani Van Rensalier

Angela Tricarico

Today we welcome Hadestown ensemblist Damani Van Rensalier to the Great White Way and learn about her journey to her Broadway debut!

1. What is your name and hometown?

My name is Damani Van Rensalier and I was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey.

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

I am one of the vacation swings for Hadestown, covering Worker 1 and Worker 2!

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

My agent called me the day after the final callback and informed me that I had booked the role. I was thankful enough to be in the comfort of my own home at the time. I fell to the floor first, then cried and then proceeded to run around my house like a crazy woman. 

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

The most surprising thing about preparing for the show was seeing how involved everyone is to the story. Every principal and every ensemble member (and obviously every other company member behind the scenes) contributes to the show whether it be physically on stage, the vocal harmonies or just in telling the story. Teamwork really does make the dream work in Hadestown.

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

I am very excited to see what other roles I get to play in the future (God willing) and how they’ll help shape who I am as a performer. I’m also looking forward to meeting new people in the community!

Damani Van Rensalier

Damani Van Rensalier

Damani Van Rensalier

Damani Van Rensalier