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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: Samantha Sturm

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Sam's Episode: Original Cast Recordings (#18)

Where are you from? Manassas, VA

Broadway credits: The Addams Family Musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Matilda the Musical

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? About an hour and a half after my final callback, I was in the dressing room at Equity getting ready for another audition. I thought I had done so badly that I had better run to Equity (after I had cried into a chocolate croissant) and audition for other things. My agent called while I was getting dressed, and I cried SO hard, the other girls in the dressing room thought someone had died. It was a torrent of ugly, ugly, mascara-running, couldn’t actually form words, Broadway tears. 

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I know this isn’t a Broadway event per say, but I love the Thanksgiving parade. It’s so much fun!! You get to see & cheer on all your friends from other shows. It’s kinda like a fancy, costumed, early morning Broadway block party. Hey, we should do that! Why aren’t there Broadway block parties?!

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? Oh geez. All of it. Can I please say all of it? 

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I’ve been getting back into ballet pretty hard-core. That’s theatre-y though, isn’t it? Crap.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… A sports person. Maybe Derek Jeter? I basically just wanna know what it feels like to be good at sports. I am not so good a sports. Any of them…

To be successful in this business, it takes… Perseverance, determination, and a “never gonna give up” mentality. Also, be nice. I mean, fight fiercely for what’s important to you and for what you want, but be nice to people. 

Tell us a secret. It wouldn’t be much of a secret if I told you, now would it?