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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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Q&A: Deidre Goodwin

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Deidre's Episode: Stage and Screen (#30)

Where are you from? Originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - moved to St. Louis Missouri @ 13

Broadway credits: Chicago - Velma Kelly, A Chorus Line - Shelia Bryant, Nine - Our Lady of the Spa, Never Gonna Dance - Velma, Jesus Christ Superstar, Boys from Syracuse, Chita Rivera -The Dancer's Life

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? After getting home from being on the 1st national tour of Chicago followed by a workshop of Fosse in Toronto. I had just moved into my sublet and then the phone rang. Broadway Calling! Ha but it was. They called to see if I would like to be a vacation swing for Chicago. Yes, yes I would. I went in and was able to go on very shortly after being there. The first track I did was Mona, the part played by Catlin Carter. It was amazing. That 2 week vacation swing track ended up going on for approximately a year. 

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I haven’t been in a few years, but I love Broadway Bares, and I also love something I’m not sure they do anymore but Broadway on Broadway (when different shows do a number in the middle of Times Square) and you just see rows of people lining the streets all the way up Broadway. 

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? How people who don’t act, sing, dance etc. for a living think it is all glamour all the time backstage. People are often surprised when they get to see what Backstage really looks like. 

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? Photography, I love how much just a simple picture can make you feel or cause you to create a whole story about what is happening to/for the subject. I LOVE Humans of New York for just that reason. They have a Facebook page and a website.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Carol Burnett

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… to be an amazing drummer or pianist! 

To be successful in this business, it takes… Patience for the times when things aren’t going the way you thought they would/should, and live in and appreciate the times when they are.

Tell us a secret. It’s not really a secret but if it’s time to go to bed and Purple Rain comes on, I will be staying up to watch it AND sing every note including all guitar solos.