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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: Kristen Beth Williams

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Kristen Beth's Website: West End Ensemblists (#35)

Where are you from? Mesquite, TX (outside of Dallas)

Broadway credits: Pippin, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, Promises, Promises

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was on tour with The 101 Dalmatians Musical, and we were actually playing in Dallas when I got the call, so I was able to share it with my family in person!

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Ooh…that’s a tough call…I’m going to have to say Broadway Bares, but really all of our big events surrounding BC/EFA-Gypsy of the Year, Easter Bonnet, etc.-are my favorite because it’s the entire community all together in one place, doing something for a cause.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? How things can change in an instant. One phone call…It’s like Project Runway: one day you’re in, and the next day, you’re out. (Which always sounds better coming from Heidi Klum) :)

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? The beauty of nature…and the “nature” we can experience right here in NYC, amongst all the skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle…aside from the beauty of Central Park, if you take a quick trip on the Metro-North, you can be in the middle of the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. It’s absolutely stunning. My husband and I got married there, and it’s one of our new favorite places to go! We’ll walk in silence for long periods of time, just enjoying the scenery.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Julie Andrews. It was my childhood dream, and I guess now it’s a life-dream, to perform all the roles she has ever played on stage or film. I’ve always admired her, and I find I do even more now, seeing her find new paths to pursue art, like writing and directing…it’s inspiring.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Ooh…tough one. Um…does everyone say The President? I want to say The President. I think with any president-Democrat, Republican, or otherwise-spending a day in his or her shoes would be truly educational, and we’d all be a little less quick to judge or blame him/her if we’d experienced what he/she goes through on a daily basis.

To be successful in this business, it takes… Ethics. Show up on time, take notes, be creative, be respectful of everyone around you…People like to work with people who are fun to work with. A good work ethic will get you farther in this business than any amount of talent you may have.

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