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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: Ryan Jackson

Nikka Lanzarone

Ryan's Episode: Life on Tour (#44)

 

Where are you from? Long Island, NY

Broadway credits: Wicked (national tour)

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I am still waiting but I imagine that it will be by phone ;-)

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Broadway Bares is one of my favorite Broadway events. It is incredibly sexy and fun. It’s silly but everyone shares the common goals of fundraising, starving themselves and turning orange. It unifies the entire community. It is actually where I first met the beautiful, Miss Nikka Lanzarone!

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? How it is simultaneously big and small at the same time!

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I feel very blessed to make a career from what I love and it has has inspired me to give back. I love being a part of community outreach on the road and helping to organize BC/EFA events. Right now we are working on a charity cabaret, Witches’ Night Off for when the show gets to Atlanta. I’m totally stoked because I have been speaking with Tony and Grammy Award winner, Jennifer Holliday about participating in the event. She is a doll and so incredibly generous. On Monday, March 2nd the Ferst Center for the Arts is going to be off the wall! We are so excited.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… It’s a toss up between Meryl Streep and Judge Judy. Meryl is so painfully talented and funny yet always appears so cool and humble. My boyfriend turned me onto Judge Judy and she seems to be the only human fully capable of wielding common sense. I adore both of these strong women so if The Ensemblist is going to surprise me with a blind date I will be in Greenville, SC for the next three weeks.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… If I could trade places with anybody for a day it would be somebody who is fearless. I’d love to know what it’s like to practice what we all preach. I’m petrified of so many things, making an ass out of myself, being lost in space, being eaten by sea monsters. The list goes on. I’d love to have 24 uninterrupted hours of being totally badass.

To be successful in this business, it takes… Having fun and constantly reinvesting in yourself and your craft is the key to longevity. I’m not sure about success but I think longevity in and of itself is success.