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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: Hillary Elk

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Hillary's Episode: West End Ensemblists (#35)

Where are you from?  Cleveland, Ohio

Broadway credits: Memphis Bway and Memphis West End

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I booked my first Bway show when I was still in college.  I went to NY the first time for my Senior Showcase from Baldwin Wallace University, Conservatory of Music. Before signing with my agent, they said, you should go in for this new musical tomorrow, Memphis. It was my first audition ever in NY. They told me to come back in 2 weeks for the final callback. So I then went back to college for 2 weeks, went to class, flew back to NY for the final callback.  The next day I flew back to Cleveland for college and found out as I was about to go to class that I booked the show. I remember David Krasner and Rachel Hoffman both being on my phone to hear my reaction!  

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? My favorite event has to be Broadway Bares.  It really is such a fun and exciting charity to be a part of and I think Jerry Mitchell and his team are incredible in how they keep making each show better and better each year. It really does bring the Bway community together.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you?  How small of a community it really is. 

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? PRODUCING! I love taking an idea of show and seeing everything that goes in to making it a show come to life. It really is incredible and I feel it has made me appreciate every aspect that goes in to creating a show even more.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Easy. George Clooney. (don't tell my bf!)

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… My mom or my dad. My mom for how she has raised 4 kids and keeps everything so organized and my dad in how he runs his company. I am very lucky to have such wonderful parents and am in awe in how they’ve raised 4 kids and a successful business.

To be successful in this business, it takes… Communication. More than talent, it means being able to take direction, communicate, take notes, and be easy to work with and work well with others. I have found that to be the absolute key.

Tell us a secret. I run my own production company with my producing partner, Skye Crawford and we produced a reading of a new musical last year, But I’m A Cheerleader, directed by Jerry Mitchell.