Kat Nejat & Ben Thompson, Megan Sikora & Barrett Martin Set for The Ensemblist Podcast's 'Married' Episode
The episode features interviews with married Broadway actors Kat Nejat and Ben Thompson, and Megan Sikora and Barrett Martin. They talk about sharing life with another person in the Broadway community: from fateful meetings during put-in rehearsals to working in separate cities to weddings filled fellow cast members, the four guests share the thrills and challenges of being married to another performer. Additionally, co-creators and hosts Brady and Lanzarone share their own stories of years of long distance relationships with their partners.
Nejat (West Side Story, Lysistrata Jones) and Thompson (Green Day's American Idiot, Matilda the Musical) met in 2004 while performing with Atlanta Theater of the Stars tour of Joseph and the Amazing Color Dreamcoat. They share how their friendship blossomed into romance, only to then spend the next four years juggling conflicting schedules that resulted in them working around the country in Seattle, D.C., New York and on tour.
Sikora (42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wonderful Town, Dracula, Wicked, Curtains, Promises, Promises, How to Succeed..., The Nance) and Martin (Urban Cowboy, Wicked, Young Frankenstein, Guys and Dolls, The Addams Family, How To Succeed..., Nice Work If You Can Get It) crossed paths briefly for the first time while performing in Wicked on Broadway. Little did they know that a chance pairing during a rehearsal would lead to marriage and a child. In this episode, they share the excitement of having their first child and the specific considerations that performing couples have to make when starting a family.
New episodes of The Ensemblist can be downloaded every two weeks through the iTunes store by searching for "The Ensemblist." Episodes can be also be streamed on the Stitcher Radio app and downloaded directly from Podbean at theensemblist.podbean.com.
Upcoming episodes will examine what it takes to be a dance captain for a Broadway show and interview actors who have performed in the same show for more than two years.
The website, TheEnsemblist.com, features stories, Q&As, and blog posts from those in the know about life as an ensemblist, plus cool stuff they can't NOT share. You can also follow @theensemblist on Twitter and Like them at facebook.com/theensemblist.