"To me the robe symbolizes Excellence and Persistence. It’s a great way to recognize something that is often overlooked – the ensemble of show. A group of people who nowadays often have to step out of their own track and into a main role at the drop of a hat. I felt a sense of joy and of shared history. And of course gratitude to be surround by our cast, staff and crew, feeling their love and support."
Name: John Schiappa
Show: Girl from the North Country
Opening Night: March 5, 2020
Hometown: Northbrook, IL
Broadway Debut: Starlight Express, 1987.
Professional Training: BFA College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati and with Uta Hagen at HB Studio
Year Joined Equity: 1984
How I Got My Equity Card: 2 week summer stock production of My Fair Lady at Atlanta Theater
Broadway Chorus Credits: Girl from the North Country, Rocky, Jekyll & Hyde, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Blood Brothers
Fun Fact: I like to do all of my own handy man and repair work - carpentry. plumbing and electrical work on our home!
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