318 episodes

The Ensemblist is the online advocate for the talent artists working in theatre ensembles. Through our podcast, website and social presence we are creating conversation what it means to be a successful artist in the theatre. Each of our miniseries highlights a conversation that effects performers in Broadway ensembles, with experts on the topic sharing their insights in candid interviews. The Ensemblist podcast has more than 1.7 million podcast downloads and was recently named one of the Top 50 Best Selling Performing Arts Podcasts of all time.

The Ensemblist The Ensemblist

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9 • 407 Ratings

The Ensemblist is the online advocate for the talent artists working in theatre ensembles. Through our podcast, website and social presence we are creating conversation what it means to be a successful artist in the theatre. Each of our miniseries highlights a conversation that effects performers in Broadway ensembles, with experts on the topic sharing their insights in candid interviews. The Ensemblist podcast has more than 1.7 million podcast downloads and was recently named one of the Top 50 Best Selling Performing Arts Podcasts of all time.

    The Shows We Need (Jagged Little Pill - feat. Marc Kimelman, Kei Tsuruharatani)

    The Shows We Need (Jagged Little Pill - feat. Marc Kimelman, Kei Tsuruharatani)

    It’s 2021, and the theatre industry is still shut down. In this new series, “The Shows We Need”, Michael Fatica will try to identify pieces that we as a community need to come back when the theatre world resurfaces.
    We begin with Jagged Little Pill, which deals with many big social issues and starts new conversations. Guests Kei Tsuruharatani and Marc Kimelman chat about the creation of the show, how it has affected them, and more.
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    • 24 min
    Raise Your Voice (Be An Arts Hero - feat. Carson Elrod, Jenny Grace Makholm)

    Raise Your Voice (Be An Arts Hero - feat. Carson Elrod, Jenny Grace Makholm)

    With the passing of the #SaveOurStages act in the United States Congress, there is finally a light on the horizon for artists who have been out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that kind of legislation is not a silver bullet; In order to secure change, we need to continually and tactfully remind of leaders how they can best serve people in the arts industry.
    One of the organizations leading that charge is Be An Arts Hero. An intersectional grassroots campaign comprised of Arts & Culture workers, Unions, and institutions in the United States, Be An Arts Hero is pushing the Senate to allocate proportionate relief to the Arts & Culture sector of the American economy. 
    Last week, The Ensemblist’s Francesca Granell talked with two of the Co-Organizers leading Be An Arts Hero, Carson Elrod and Jenny Grace Makholm, about their campaign, what the response from senators has been and what we can do to help.
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    • 24 min
    The Addams Family (feat. Dontee Kiehn)

    The Addams Family (feat. Dontee Kiehn)

    The original production of The Addams Family was choreographed by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo. Once a Broadway ensemblist himself, The Addams Family came along when Sergio had four productions running simultaneously on Broadway: our show, the long-running Jersey Boys, the sparse but beautiful musical staging in Next to Normal, and the Tony-Award winning production of Memphis. With this many shows under his purview, Sergio employed a team of talented associate choreographers to maintain his vision and keep the staging clean. And at The Addams Family, Sergio’s associate was the highly kind and highly capable Dontee Keihn.
    Also a former ensemblist, Dontee had been in the original Broadway ensemble of the famed 42nd Street revival, as well as the Bernadette Peters-led revival of Gypsy. Her journey with The Addams Family began as the associate choreographer for the show’s pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago. She maintained that position for the show’s Broadway run, as well as the national tour and stagings in both Brazil and Australia. She then took over the dual roles of associate director and associate choreographer for two more “replica” productions in Argentina and Mexico City. She was with the show as long as anybody, so she knows the staging of The Addams Family intimately and thoroughly.
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    • 26 min
    Creativity in Coronavirus (Let's Hear It For The Choice - feat. Jimmy Larkin)

    Creativity in Coronavirus (Let's Hear It For The Choice - feat. Jimmy Larkin)

    It’s time to start 2021 with some joy. And what better way than to share something that’s been bringing me joy over the last few months: Let’s Hear It For The Choice. Created by Jimmy Larkin, Let’s Hear It For The Choice is a celebration of great musical theatre performances large and small. Jimmy has been sharing compilations of these bold statements, or “choices,” on his Instagram channel along with a heavy dose of dry but loving humor. He joined me recently to share what he thinks makes a great “choice” and some of his favorite ensemble choices of all time. Here’s our conversation…
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    • 16 min
    Anxiety and the Artist (feat. Michelle Loucadoux, Allison Sheff)

    Anxiety and the Artist (feat. Michelle Loucadoux, Allison Sheff)

    We’re starting off the new year with some selfcare, thanks to our friends at the podcast Anxiety and the Artist. Currently in its second season, Anxiety and the Artist explores the artist's relationship with anxiety, while offering insight and inspiration. In their episodes, host Allison Sheff chats with artists and mental health professionals about the universality of anxiety and what role it has played in our lives and our work. 
    On a recent episode, Allison spoke with former ballet dancer and Broadway performer Michelle Loucadoux about audition anxiety, self-care, inner critics, and more. Prior to her career transition to writer and educator, Michelle performed in the Broadway productions of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, and Anything Goes. Here’s a portion of their conversation...
    All episodes of Anxiety and the Artist, including Season One, are available wherever you stream your favorite podcasts and on https://www.anxietyandtheartist.com. For more information about upcoming episodes, available resources, and related content, follow @anxietyandtheartist on Instagram and the "Anxiety and the Artist" Facebook page.
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    • 15 min
    Tony Telecasts (1987 - Les Miserables, Me and My Girl, Rags, Starlight Express - Part 2)

    Tony Telecasts (1987 - Les Miserables, Me and My Girl, Rags, Starlight Express - Part 2)

    The 41st Annual Tony Awards were held June 6, 1987 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre with Angela Lansbury hosting for her third time. Heading into the ceremony, Me and My Girl and Les Miserables were neck in neck leading the pack for most nominations (with 13 and 12, respectively.) Behind them were Starlight Express with seven nominations and Rags with five. Although the category is titled “Best Revival of a Play or a Musical,” this season there were no musicals nominated.
    The 1986-87 season was smack-dab in the middle of a volatile time, but not particularly bombastic itself. We found ourselves in the middle of President Ronald Reagan’s second term, with both the Cold War, the War on Drugs, and the AIDS epidemic raging. (Interestingly enough, a week after this telecast is when Reagan makes his famous speech in Berlin where he asks Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”) Also, this season occurred during the end of the Iran-Contra affair -- a political scandal that embroiled the country for about a year and a half, where the Reagan administration was found to be bartering arms for seven US hostages in the middle east...gotta love a quid pro quo…
    On Broadway, the British invasion was HERE. With three out of four of the Best Musical nominees being British imports, Cats alive and well at the Winter Garden, and Phantom opening in the West End and waiting in the wings for their Broadway house, it seemed like Cameron Mackintosh, the RSC, and all their contemporaries were taking over the Great White Way.
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    • 24 min

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407 Ratings

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Great backstage stories

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