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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: Kelsey Ryan Moore

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Kelsey's Episode: Fiorello! (#79)

Where are you from? Stuart, FL 

Broadway credits: N/A at the moment…

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I will have a great answer for this when it happens! :)

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I love the positive, radiant, infectious energy of the community, and it all comes from the people. I have met some of the greatest humans I know because of theatre and there is just something about our industry that draws these miraculous people. 

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? I am fascinated by all the moving parts that have to align in order for the audience to experience a show every night. From the creation of the material, to casting, to rehearsals and lastly to tech/performances, there is so much that goes into mounting a show. It’s truly a collaborative art form, and it truly fascinates me.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? Believe it or not, I am inspired by those that I have met in the hospitality industry here in the city. I have met some of the most hardworking, good-natured people, and they are even actors themselves in their own way each night throughout service. I’ve learned how to start a conversation with anyone, because there is always some common ground, even if it’s just the weather. There is also so much to learn about food/wine, and I am always eager to learn new things.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Bernadette Peters. I had an assignment for class recently where we got to work on dream role material, and I rediscovered the brilliance of Sunday In The Park With George, and then I realized that I have always been so drawn to Bernadette!! I have this distinct memory of first discovering the song “Not A Day Goes By” and watching her performance over and over. I was stunned by the beauty of her raw emotion. It’s unlike anything else, and it’s so captivating. She’s right on the edge, but keeps it together just enough to get through. So compelling. Unreal.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Any of the ensemble dancers in Hamilton. I was lucky enough to win the lotto at The Public, and I honestly had no idea what I was in for, but every second they were on stage, I was completely floored. I get really excited watching people dance, because I admire it so and think it would be so fun to be able to move like that. 

To be successful in this business, it takes… a few boyfriends aka a solid group of close friends that love you unconditionally, that know “let’s get lunch” means we’re going to Room Service, that tell you the things you don’t always want to hear and that are your amazing support system. New York is freaking tough, and I can’t imagine it without my boyfriends.

Tell us a secret. Ooh…I’m developing a bad champagne habit…and it’s really unpractical.