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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: Cathy Markland

Nikka Lanzarone

Cathy's Episode: American Sign Language on Broadway (#60)

Where are you from? I was born in Pasadena, California and raised in Southern California.

Broadway credits:

  • Broadway: Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Rock of Ages, Frankie & Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Hairspray, Seussical, Major Barbara, Falsettos, Oklahoma, Grapes of Wrath, Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Sondheim on Sondheim, Pal Joey, Grease, and many more.
  • Paper Mill Playhouse: It’s A Wonderful Life, The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ In the Rain, Deathtrap, Pippin, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Victor/Victoria, Big River, Mame, Hello Dolly, Cinderella, A Chorus Line, The Little Mermaid, Oliver, The Importance of Being Earnest, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Honeymoon in Vegas, 1776, Anne Frank,The Pirates of Penzance, and many more.
  • Shakespeare in the Park: Titus Andronicus, Henry IV, Cymbeline
  • The New Victory Theater: Shockheaded Peter, Gruffalo, Blue Eyes, Lucky Duck, Fluff
  • Madison Square Garden: A Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz
  • Off Broadway.. Y2K, Dirty Blonde, Lobby Hero, Brides of the MoonRainSome Fish. No Elephants

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? Lisa Carling from TDF called me on a landline telephone to ask if I would be an interpreter for Beauty and the Beast.

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Every time I go to a show on Broadway, I get excited.  I love to walk through Times Square and look at all the lights advertising current shows. I do appreciate the Broadway shows that are offered to students at a discounted price. They are our future audience members.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? I love what happens behind the scenes. The back of the house and the front of the house. My belief is that people do not realize how much the actors are supported on stage with all the people and personnel that are involved. Plus, I love watching the person in the back of the audience and how he cues all the songs on the computer monitor. Plus, the orchestra leader is really a show unto itself.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? Currently, I am a graduate student at Hunter College to earn my 2nd Masters Degree to teach Deaf and hard of hearing children. After 35 years of interpreting, I am adding to my skill set to help children to learn through direct instruction with someone who really knows American Sign Language and English fluently. I can’t wait to bring my class to see a show on Broadway after we have read and understood the book or script of that show. So exciting. I feel butterflies in my stomach just talking about it.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Michelle Obama

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… This is a tough one. I think the answer is ME. I am very happy and blessed with my life and feel thankful to be alive and living in New York City with a great job, good health, supporting friends and a loving family.

To be successful in this business, it takes… Gumption, courage and manners. I think to be in business you have to be brave. You know what needs to be done, and I tend to take a deep breath and say to myself, “Have some courage…” and then just do it. Saying thank you to the people who hire you and the people who pay you goes a long way. A simple thank you note or flowers buys a lot of good will. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind.

Tell us a secret. Being rich will not make you happy, but being happy will help you to feel very RICH.