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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: Celia Mei Rubin

Nikka Lanzarone

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Celia's Episode: Split Tracks (#23)

Where are you from? I was born in London, England, moved immediately to Singapore, moved to Westchester, NY when I was 10, then moved back to London when I was 15. So, I’ve never known how to answer this question except to say that I’m really happy that I lived on 3 different continents by the time I was 15.

Broadway credits: MATILDA

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was at work at Harney & sons Tea Company in soho and saw a missed call from my agent. I took a “bathroom break” and called my agent back, and he said, "you’re going to be in a Broadway show.” I couldn’t scream or cry because I was in the bathroom at work and had to get back to the shop floor! I wrote a blog entry about it: http://www.memoirsofachinesejew.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-phonecall-melodramatic-scene.html

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Broadway Bares. It’s actually my favourite time of year. The weather is gorgeous and getting to spend time creating in a studio for a very important cause is always incredibly fulfilling.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? That we are not allowed to touch props without permission! I came from working in London where there are no rules like that. Over a year on Matilda, I’m still doing things like touching props without permission and getting stern reminders not to, ha!

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I’m always inspired by fitness. I work out with a trainer (Mandie Black at liberation fitness nyc) and am constantly inspired by how we can push our minds and bodies beyond what we perceive our limits to be. It makes you feel like anything is possible. I walked past a rock climbing space the other day and put it on my to-do list. I love adventure type fun like that, where you are pushing your physical boundaries, but also having fun.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Fred Phelps only just passed away, so am I allowed to say him? Growing up in a very liberal environment, this intense and irrational fear of homophobia is something I just cannot understand. It fascinates me, how a person can spend so much time and energy preaching to other people what not to do. I would have liked to have sat down with Fred Phelps to gain first hand insight on his views and behaviour. 

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose…My twin sister! Even though we are twins, we have followed very different paths. She is a teacher in Paris. It would be so cool for us to trade places for a day to see what a day in the life of the other person is like. I wonder what she’d make of my life?!

To be successful in this business, it takes… I would love to know the secrets! I can honestly say that, in my experience, it takes a lot of hard work, patience, faith, and luck. There are so many things that are not in our control, so if we take the time to work on the things we can control instead of worrying about things that we cannot change, we’re halfway there. One of my favourite quotes: “what is, is. What will be is what you make it.”