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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

Connect with each of our guests as they tackle The Ensemblist's Q&A!

Q&A: Zac Chandler

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That's Zac with Stephanie J. Block's dog, Macaco!

That's Zac with Stephanie J. Block's dog, Macaco!

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Zac's Episode: Stage Managers (#21)

Where are you from? Dallas, Texas

Broadway credits: [title of show], 13, West Side Story, The Addams Family, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (for the Roundabout, so technical LORT…), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I honestly don’t remember. I know that’s sad. I’m pretty sure it was via email when I was hired as a PA for [title of show]. I DO remember turning down a big fancy job working for a touring events company to be a lowly PA on [title of show] and that was a career defining decision. Literally, EVERY Broadway show I have booked was because I did that show. If I had turned it down to make more money with that other job, I would probably have a totally different career. Dodged a bullet on that one…

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I have many. It’s more about my favorite moments that happen all the time. Either at a BC/EFA benefit, walking down the street and seeing 25 people you know or seeing familiar faces at a Meet and Greet. Basically, anytime I remember how loving, generous and special our community truly is.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? The history. What significant events happened in the same place that we are now. Remembering the people and ideas that came before us and what their stories were. How the industry has changed and continues to evolve to suit our times and thinking about what it will be in the future. We get to make history every day!

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I’ve taken up running as a hobby and seeing the city and having time to clear my head has driven me to work harder on, and more fully engage, the other parts of my life than my career. I guess I inspired myself…? Let’s call it meditation, that’s less narcissistic. 

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Hilary Clinton. Duh.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… An astronaut currently onboard the space station.

To be successful in this business, it takes… An indefatigable sense of purpose and the ability to laugh at oneself. 

Tell us a secret. That wouldn’t make me a very good Stage Manager… But for a personal secret, I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was 25. Hah!