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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: Jen Bender

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

Where are you from? Marion, Ohio

Broadway credits: The Lion King, Avenue Q, Honeymoon in Vegas, Steel Magnolias, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Smell of Success

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was the music assistant on Sweet Smell of Success during their out-of-town tryout in Chicago, where I lived at the time. The producers said, “It’s a shame we can’t take you with us to Broadway.” I said, “You can! Just tell me when to be in New York!” And I moved from Chicago to New York on our one-week hiatus. 

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Broadway Bowling!

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? Shows open and shows close, but Broadway an entity and a community is a consistent force.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? Nature. Every day. 

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… President Obama. 

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… LeBron James.

To be successful in this business, it takes… Saying yes to every opportunity that comes your way, without regard for the paycheck or hours or location.

Tell us a secret. I would, but then I’d have to kill you.