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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: Brandon Ivie

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Brandon's Episode: Associate & Resident Directors (#73)

Where are you from? Seattle, WA

Broadway credits: A Christmas Story, First Date, Next to Normal, Catch Me If You Can

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? My very first Broadway show was Next to Normal, and I sort of knew the offer was coming so it's not the best story. I got an email from Brian Yorkey saying that he and Tom Kitt needed an assistant for tech and previews on Broadway, nothing too exciting. My first assistant director position I got was actually out of the blue in an interview for an SDC Observership with John Rando for the Encores! concert of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I ended up not being available for that because the dates changed, and when he heard that he said, "Well that's too bad. I like you. <beat> What are you doing next fall? Would you like to assist me on A Christmas Story on Broadway?" And I said, "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!"

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? The Broadway Flea Market is my absolute favorite. Walking through summer on 44th Street wearing a tank top, buying brownies made by actors and sifting through old Playbills is my favorite.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? The way that developing a show has changed is so interesting to me. Getting a show on Broadway used to involve going over to a producer's home, explaining the plot, playing a few songs, and then they booked you a Broadway theatre. Now with the workshop process and developmental readings, it's a whole different beast and the transition between those two extremes is really interesting to me.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I have two friends who just finished up two national tours as a newly signed electro pop band. I saw them perform a month or so ago for the first time since they last played in a dingy little club in the East Village, and I am so inspired by their talent, growth, and determination.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be... Hal Prince.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose... Oprah.

To be successful in this business, it takes... Determination.

Tell us a secret. I used to think Mandy Patinkin was a woman until I saw the video of Sunday in the Park with George in high school.