Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone, who created and host the podcast The Ensemblist—an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer, from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond—have announced the winners of the Third Annual Ensemblist Awards.
This year’s Ensemblist Award winners—Kim Fauré, Gregory Haney, Dennis Stowe, and Kevin Worley—were chosen by last year’s winners, Cameron Adams, Jeffrey Schecter , Ryan Steele, and Betsy Struxness for “embodying the ensemblist spirit, on and off the stage.”
Details about each of the winners follow:
Kim Fauré plays Demeter in the Broadway revival of Cats. Adams names her as “the modern Broadway gypsy and a true triple threat! She can bounce from leggy showgirl, to quirky character roles to cats! I was lucky enough to be in a show with Kim and she always made me a better performer.”
Gregory Haney is a current company member of Hamilton, one of his five Broadway credits. He began 2016 by performing in the ensemble of Grease: Live on Fox. Struxness calls him “a true triple threat: a gorgeous dancer, fabulous singer, and can absolutely hold his own as an actor in a play.”
Dennis Stowe made his Broadway debut in the 2002 revival of Man of La Mancha. Since then he has performed in ten Broadway shows, including Disney’s Aladdin, where he was bestowed the Gypsy Robe. “He inspires me as a person, artist and professional working in the industry,” says Steele.
Kevin Worley was seen in three Broadway shows in 2016: Dames at Sea, Something Rotten!, and Holiday Inn. “What I love about Kevin is he’s just a down-to-earth guy who wants to do great work. He’s just one of those people that I’m always excited to see and know that I am in the company of great talent and integrity,” says Schechter.
The four actors, all former guests of the podcast, can be heard on the “Listener Questions 2016” episode of The Ensemblist podcast. All episodes of The Ensemblist are now available through Stitcher, TuneIn, Podbean, or the iOS Podcasts app.
The Ensemblist, according to press notes, “gives listeners the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden inner workings of Broadway.”