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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: Anika Chapin

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Anika's Episode: Dramaturgy (#86)

Where are you from? New York, NY. Born and raised, baby.

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? The Tonys. Although I always have my frustrations with some of the choices/snubs, you can't beat a night where everyone comes together to celebrate this industry and art form. Also, DRESSES. 

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? I love the rituals and traditions in it. I majored in cultural anthropology in college, and I realized that Broadway was as much a subculture as anything I was studying. If I said there was a ritual where before the big ceremony, a robe was passed from the last initiate group to a chosen member of the next one, and that person had to touch every member of the group for good luck, then decorate the robe to mark their ceremony and initiation before passing it along, you'd think I was talking about a tribe somewhere. And I am, but it's the Gypsy Robe and it's us.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I fell down a deep, dark rabbit hole of obsession with Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, which is an Australian mystery series about a fabulous lady detective in the 1920s who is smart and independent and solves mysteries and wears amazing outfits and sleeps with attractive men. I got hooked on the TV series (which I watched all of), then I went back and read the books (which I read all of). I just finished the last one and I miss her in my life - and I admit that sometimes when I'm having a rough day I'll think, "How would Miss Fisher handle this?" I should really have a WWMFD bracelet made (but it would have to be made of silk and ostrich feathers, obviously. With emeralds.).

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be... In my mind, Cate Blanchett and I are already besties. So getting coffee with her would really just be correcting the universal error that we don't actually know each other.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose... Renee Fleming. I can't sing at all, and I want to know what it's like to open your mouth and have that voice come out. 

To be successful in this business, it takes... a sense of humor and great powers of observation.

Tell us a secret. When I was little, I would act out scenes from my favorite shows for my parents. It was a very successful series until I roped my sister and best friend into doing a blistering rendition of "The Heat is On in Saigon," complete with "thong" wedgies.