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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: Sydney Morton

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Sydney's Episode: Rehearsal Reports

Where are you from? I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but I have been living in NYC for 8 years... can I say I'm from New York yet? ;)

Broadway credits: MEMPHIS, EVITA, MOTOWN, AMERICAN PSYCHO

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was performing in JERSEY BOYS in Chicago at the time. I had just flown in and out of New York over 24 hours for the MEMPHIS audition and was completely exhausted. I was in a cab from the airport on my way to the theater, and I got a call from my agent to say I had gotten the job... Needless to say, I perked up for my show after hearing the news!!!

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I love Broadway Barks... I have had a rescue dog for 7 years now, and I love taking my friends and peer pressuring them into getting a pup of their own. :) I also love Wednesday dinner upstairs at Sardi's when Broadway people get half-off dinner.  It's so "classic Broadway" to eat there, and everyone knows each other. Broadway family dinner.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? Broadway attracts brilliant, eclectic, hilarious people.  We're all a bunch of weirdos, and I love it. I went into theater as a teenager, because my favorite people and best friends were doing it, and that's still the case 5 years later... That's right, I'm 20 years old. :)

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I'm so inspired by stand-up comedians. I read and watch everything having to do with them. I even dabble in it myself. Making people laugh is an incredible high.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be... Amy Poehler.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose... I know this seems like a cop-out, but I like me and my personal journey, and I can't think of anyone else I'd want to be. I'm at a place in my life where I am really trying not to spend a lot of time wanting what other people have. Plus, if I traded places with, say, Tina Fey, I might not know what I'm doing, which is actually my worst nightmare.

To be successful in this business, it takes... Generosity. We have to be generous toward fellow performers when they book the job we wanted. We have to be generous onstage when we work with others. We have to be generous with ourselves and remember to treat ourselves with respect. Otherwise, this business can really get you down.

Tell us a secret. I was sworn to secrecy, but... Jenn Damiano is actually 52 years old. Good genes.