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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: Ryan Steele

Nikka Lanzarone

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Ryan's Episode: Dance Captains (#16)

Where are you from? Walled Lake, MI

Broadway credits: West Side Story, Billy Elliot, Newsies, Matilda

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? At the final callback for West Side Story, casting brought a group of us in the room to be looked at one last time. Arthur Laurents stood up and thanked us for coming in. At the end of his speech he said “and Welcome.” The casting director freaked. So I sort of had a feeling the group of us would be getting the job. I OFFICIALLY got word when I had arrived at the airport in Michigan. I was by myself and had no one to celebrate with. So I chose the stranger next to me to share my excitement with. She wasn’t as enthusiastic as I’d hoped.

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I love Gypsy of the Year. Getting to spend time with friends from different shows and watch them perform is a blast.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? The amount of time, work, and people it takes to put up a show.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I took a trip home over the holidays. Getting to spend time with my family and friends outside the Broadway Bubble was great. It inspired my life outside of work. 

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Either Carey Mulligan or Jennifer Lawrence. 

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Either Carey Mulligan’s best friend or Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend. Teehee. 

To be successful in this business, it takes… Hard work and a good attitude. 

Tell us a secret. I haven’t taken a ballet class in 6 weeks. I am so ashamed.