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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: Mara Davi

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Mara's Episodes: Of Thee I Sing (#76) & A Chorus Line (#81)

Where are you from? Originally Denver, CO. Moved to Folsom, CA a week before I started high school.

Broadway credits: Dames at SeaWhite Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, A Chorus Line

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I had been visiting NY for 3 weeks, auditioning for shows, and I had one more day before flying back to California, so I was sitting in Central Park eating ice cream. My very new agents called me and asked me to come into the office. It was only three blocks away, so I walked over. My hopes began to rise, because I didn’t think they’d want to give me bad news face-to-face. And sure enough, I walked in the room, and they said, “You booked A Chorus Line.” And we started hugging and jumping up and down. I called my boyfriend (now husband) and parents while I was still at their office.

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? The Broadway Sleep Out at Covenant House.  

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? I am very interested in the steps a show takes to get to Broadway. Why do some shows take over a decade to get there while others might seem to appear overnight? There’s a very fragile balance of ingredients in the recipe for getting a show onto a Broadway stage. That balance interests me.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I read Bea Johnson’s book Zero Waste Home and was completely inspired. It lit a fire under me to reduce the waste in my life to as close to zero as I can get. I bring my own containers to the store and shop in the bulk food section, compost everything I can, and I’m trying to spread the word! The Broadway Green Alliance has been a great resource for me in these efforts.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Julie Andrews.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Someone who lives on the streets in New York or in a Third World country. I can’t even imagine how difficult that day would be. I know I would be filled with gratitude to be back in my life. And I would go from that day forward with heightened awareness and empathy.

To be successful in this business, it takes… Balance.  

Tell us a secret. Then it wouldn’t be a secret.