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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: Shina Ann Morris

Nikka Lanzarone

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Shina's Episode: Listener Questions 2013 (#13)

Where are you from? Born in Portsmouth, NH; grew up in Wichita, KS

Broadway credits: WEST SIDE STORY (Consuela), ANYTHING GOES (Angel, u/s Erma), NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, ANNIE (Star To Be, Boylan Sister)

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I had booked A CHORUS LINE at Pioneer Theatre a few weeks earlier, and I had my 6th or 7th audition for WEST SIDE STORY on a Thursday afternoon. The next morning I got a call from my agent. He said, “I’m sorry you’re not going to be playing Diana in A CHORUS LINE… because you’re going to be Consuela in the revival of WEST SIDE STORY on BRRRROOOOADWAY!”    I freaked out!

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I think Gypsy of the Year; when creative minds join together from all the shows to raise funds and awareness for BCEFA. You get to work with peers you don’t always have the chance to work with and spend time honoring the Gypsies.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? The epic amount of time it takes for a show to actually make it to Broadway. A piece can be in the works for over 10 years before the masses get to experience this, and they go through so many stages and re-workings. I think the gamble of it all fascinates me. 

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? The whole fitness world has always been a passion of mine, and so many people in that industry inspire me. Specifically, Mark Fisher of Mark Fisher Fitness. (And not just because he’s my man!) He inspires people HOURLY; to “get better” at life, better their minds, their bodies, their hearts & souls. Everything they believe at MFF is for the betterment of humans. Seeing Mark and the team work daily, and what they have built in the past two years, I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be in two more years! 

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… I have no idea!!! I think I have too many to count! 

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Someone that gets to fly to exotic places on a daily basis. I just want to travel! So maybe a photographer???

To be successful in this business, it takes… Training (and continually keeping up those skills), perseverance, and drive. 

Tell us a secret. Ummmmmm… I don’t know about secrets, I’m pretty lame. But how about something weird? I CAN NOT touch the inside of banana peels. I HATE it. It’s the absolute worst! If I happen to accidentally touch the inside while peeling, I have to wash my hands or have a wet napkin IMMEDIATELY. I don’t know why.