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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: Gaelen Gilliland

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Gaelen's Episode: Understudies (#43)

Tell us about a moment where you felt creatively fulfilled in the last year. I had the great pleasure of working at ART in Cambridge, Mass. with Diane Paulus on Finding Neverland. Throughout our rehearsal process, she encouraged us to delve into each of our characters, large or small. We ended up having to do a presentation for our individual roles. She blocked out a Saturday morning, and each of us had five minutes to include about 20 components into a piece to present to our cast that day. It was very nerve-racking and felt like we were all back in school, but very rewarding and entertaining. This kind of delving into any character doesn't usually happen during the rehearsal process, so it was very cool.

Talk about a moment (any moment, not just this past year) where you felt successful. I've been in and out of Broadway productions for the past 10 years. But nothing is more terrifying than when a show you thought would run and run closes abruptly. Recently when this happened to me, it was a great feeling of success when I was getting phone calls from people to work on new projects and concerts solely because of either my reputation, word of mouth, or from our previous relationships. It's really nice to get offers because of your previous hard work. 

What is a career goal of yours for 2016? I'd really like to do more voiceovers in animated TV shows. I've gotten a taste of it in the past and would love to continue in that field.

What fuels your creativity? The talent of my friends, cast mates, and contemporaries has always been great inspiration for me. Seeing people reach out of their comfort zones to take artistic chances, watching friends write or produce their own shows or cabarets, and observing a great theatrical moment from the myriad of talent we can see on Broadway.