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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. 

Q&As

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Q&A: Samantha Shafer

Nikka Lanzarone

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Samantha's Episode: Swings (#3)

Where are you from? Pittsburgh, PA

Broadway credits: West Side Story, South Pacific, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? Fun story actually… I was in for West Side Story for what I thought was a vacation swing position.  I did the whole day of auditioning and found out later that day that I actually didn’t get it. I was so bummed and naturally I drank my sorrows away. The next day I was super hung over and I got a call from my agent. They said that West Side had decided to add/create a track for me as an extra full time swing and to also cover the vocal specialty tracks! 

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I love Gypsy of the Year.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? This may be kind of dark, but…I think the fact that it’s so easy to go from being a constantly working actor, or even a “Star” to being someone that the business seems to forget. I think that’s something that is fascinating and i’ll never really get.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? Rock climbing

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Any big movie star just to see how crazy it actually is.

To be successful in this business, it takes… A ridiculous amount of perseverance and a bit of insanity!

Tell us a secret.  I only have half a bladder : )