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Intimate, personal conversations with theatre’s biggest talents, ranging all across the spectrum of individuals involved in the professional theatre industry. It features both stars and creatives such as producers, stage managers, directors, press and marketing agents, or even the people who own the theaters themselves. Hosted by Alan Seales, part of

Ep63 – Desi Oakley, Wicked, Waitress, Evita

Desi Oakley made her Broadway debut in Wicked in 2012, before going on to shows such as the Annie revival (also in 2012), the First National Tour of the revival of Evita!, Les Mis, and even starred as Jenna in the national tour of Waitress. She’s appear on TV in Gotham, and even has a couple albums of her own as a recording artist out there in the world. She could most recently be seen as Roxie Hart in Chicago.

In this episode, we dive deep into some of her terrifying stories of learning piano, temporarily moving to Canada as a child, and being incredibly self-aware and not caring what people think while constantly seeking validation. She discusses why she started developing on-stage anxiety while leading the first national tour of Waitress leading to her mantra to maintaining mental health (that we discovered during the episode) called MEPCY… yeah, we made that up, but it works!

She even officiated Kyrstina Alabado’s wedding!

Interview content begins at 1:58.

A meditation lesson at 31:48

Closing standards begin at 50:45.

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Ep63 – Desi Oakley, Wicked, Waitress, Evita