J. Elaine Marcos in her Robe. Photo by Jay-Rey Rivera.
“Getting the robe symbolizes to me passion, professionalism, persistence, patience and plenty of physical therapy. Since our body is our ‘instrument’ on stage, it’s not surprising that once I put on that Robe I cried, because it felt like a coat of armor or a protective shield made up of passionate performers before me who have paved the way and who love what they do. To be given the robe by my friend Jeremy Davis, was an honor. Not only that, a true role model of mine, Lainie Sakakura (Legacy Robe Recipient), was present and that meant the world to me. It’s that support from your Broadway family that fills me with so much love. We know how hard it is sometimes to perform when we don’t feel 100% physically but we push thru, draw on each other’s positive energy to make every night the best it can be. That’s what I believe is a common denominator of those who receive the Legacy Robe. They never give up and are the epitome of discipline."
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
First Broadway Credit: Miss Saigon, 1998
Professional Training: American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Lesley Kahn & Company acting classes, and anywhere and everywhere I get to do stand-up and improv
Year Joined Equity: 1996
How I Got My Equity Card: Connie Wong in a national tour of A Chorus Line.
Number of Broadway Chorus Contract Credits: 7 – Miss Saigon, Flower Drum Song, Wonderful Town, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Gettin’ the Band Back Together.
Fun Fact: I was a champion bowler as a kid, and could have gone to the Olympics if I pursued it full time instead of performing.
J. Elaine Marcos poses after blessing the stage in her Robe. Photo by Jay-Rey Rivera.
J. Elaine Marcos with the rest of her cast. Photo by Jay-Rey Rivera.