Shina Ann Morris was definitely “Meant To Be” Anastasia’s Robe recipient!

“The Gypsy Robe*, to me, symbolizes a community celebrating all the hard work gypsies do. They are extraordinary people, morphing into all types of characters, doing it all, singing, dancing, acting, bringing shows to life. ‘What [we] did for love.’

Being presented with the robe is so special, especially when you look up to previous recipients so much. To have it be presented to me is sort of unbelievable. I feel like Diana in A Chorus Line, thinking ‘I'll never be that old’ ...I'll never be in that many shows to receive the robe. I feel so honored, and feel so much love!”

Shina Ann Morris wearing the RobeName: Shina Ann Morris

Show: Anastasia

Opening Night: April 24, 2017

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas

Broadway Debut: West Side Story revival, Palace Theatre, 2009 (replacement)

Professional Training: University of Michigan, 2008

Year Joined Equity: 2008

How I Got My Equity Card: “Working at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (PCLO) for their 2008 summer season, I was given my first Equity chorus contract!”

Broadway Chorus Credits: Seven Broadway shows! West Side Story, Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Annie, Cinderella, Holiday Inn and Anastasia

Fun Fact: “I love fitness in general (married Mark of Mark Fisher Fitness), love rock wall climbing, am quite good at puppetry and love a good dance party!”


Shina Ann Morris learns that she will receive the Gypsy Robe.
Shina Ann Morris learns that she will receive the Robe.


Co-stars and supporters reach out to touch the Gypsy Robe for good luck!

Co-stars and supporters reach out to touch the Robe for good luck!

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* Following a decision of Equity's National Council and based upon the recommendation of the ACCA and National EEO Committees who felt the former name was no longer appropriate, Equity members were surveyed and picked the designation "Legacy Robe" to use for the Robe starting with the 2018-2019 theatre season. Read more