Photography by Kevin Thomas Garcia
Nikka Graff Lanzarone: Podcaster and Performer
What does creativity mean to you?
Creativity means freedom. It means setting up a structure for myself to bounce around in, fly in, and figure out whatever the story is I want to tell.
Being as busy as you are, how do you stay inspired?
I read a lot. I try to consume the media that interests me thus being inspired by what people in my world, those both truly in my world and in the world I aspire to be in, to see what they’re making.
How do you then take that inspiration and challenge yourself?
I think by trying to fill in a part of a story that isn’t being told. That’s what we do with the podcast and it’s what I try to do as an actor.
What’s coming up for The Ensemblist?
We’re trucking along. We have a couple panels we’re going to do at Broadway Con in January and we want to keep building the audience and get more into teaching and masterclasses. It’s something we’re really interested in developing.
The first time I attended Broadway Bares, Nikka stole the show. Since then, she’s brought her love of the stage into the world of new media. She’s insightful, she’s passionate about sharing the stories of performers whose names may not be above the title of the show, and she’s a one-of-a-kind performer herself.