Since 2012, The Ensemblist has had its finger on the pulse of Broadway. Chronicling the experiences of Broadway’s ensemble members and the issues that affect them (from “getting out of the ensemble” to the place for theatre criticism), The Ensemblist showcases what Broadway’s ensembles are thinking and feeling—in their own words.
But now The Ensemblist is turning its format on its head. “Instead of our website supplementing our podcast, it’s the other way around,” says co-creator and content director Mo Brady. Instead of weekly podcast episodes, The Ensemblist posts daily first-person essays from actors, like Hamilton’s Kim Taylor talking about returning to the cast after giving birth to her first daughter, Carousel’s Ryan Steele talking about tackling A Chorus Line for the first time for City Center’s recent Gala Presentation, and An American in Paris’ Garen Scribner sharing the impetus for creating his new web series Broadway Sandwich. Then, Brady culls the most popular stories on the site and has the author record the essay as a podcast, which now hits airwaves once a month, “so listeners can hear the experiences in their own voices—literally,” he says.
“We are still the leading advocate for ensemble actors on Broadway, we’ve just changed some of the ways that we advocate,” Brady says of keeping true to The Ensemblist’s original mission. “We still present the annual Ensemblist Awards, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary in December. We still celebrate actors making their Broadway debuts with features on our website. And we still review impressive ensemble performances on our blog and in podcast episodes.”
As Broadway’s landscape continues to evolve, Brady and company are still committed to spotlighting the actors behind the stars. Above all, it’s about the “lives and stories of working actors with an insider’s perspective.”