Unless you waited by the stage door to greet the cast after a show, it used to be nearly impossible to get a glimpse into the backstage and offstage world of a Broadway show or star. That was until Instagram came along. Here are 10 of our favorite Broadway influencers and why you should be following their accounts ASAP.
1. For Style: The Backstage Blonde
Teale Dvornik is a dresser for Wicked and has a colorful account filled with costumes and backstage antics with stars like Amanda Jane Cooper. The ambitious beauty created the account because she wanted others to feel as inspired by Broadway as she did when she was a student in Alabama.
“The Backstage Blonde is the blog I was constantly searching for while I was a little 19-year-old theater major down in Alabama,” she tells Broadway Spin. “I decided to start developing my brand after I had been established on Broadway as a Dresser for two years. Broadway’s deep history, the loyal fans, and tight-knit community are so inspiring to me. I am extremely passionate about my platform because I love storytelling, Broadway, and empowering girls.”
2. For a Slice of Real Broadway Life: Humans of Broadway
Broadway is usually all about the the glitz and the glamour, which is exactly why Humans of Broadway decided to showcase the more stripped down side. The account highlights both the performers and those behind the scenes — think costume designers and stage managers — in beautiful portraits accompanied with personal quotes. Here you will get a deep dive into the motivation behind why these people pursued their theater dreams.
3. For #LifeGoals: Morgan Marcell
If you thought Morgan Marcell had a stage presence in Hamilton and Bandstand, you will love her on Instagram. The triple-threat shares photos from all aspects of her life whether it’s rehearsal, travel, or nights out with friends. But, Morgan hopes to use the platform to highlight her personal passions.
“Sure, I try to develop content that attracts followers and might be interesting to people that support my career,” she shared. “But, I also think social media is an amazing platform to express an opinion, educate about philanthropic events or maybe change someone’s mind. I think if someone develops a following, they have an opportunity to set an example.”
4. For Dance-spiration: Paloma Garcia Lee
Paloma Garcia Lee’s account will make you fall in love with dance (if you haven’t already). Her stunning photos show off her incredible dancer’s body, backstage vibes, and classic Broadway glamour. She hopes her pics will inspire the next generation of performers. “I want to use social media to make an impact and give future performers a window into the balance of my personal and professional life,” Paloma told us. “I want to be real and accessible to those viewing my photos and try and respond to as many messages as I can. I aspire to make real connections with people who want to be on Broadway someday.”
5. For Discovering a Star: Caissie Levy
If you haven’t heard of Caissie Levy yet, you haven’t been paying much attention. She’s just begun her starring role as Elsa in Frozen, and by the looks of her account, she couldn’t be more thrilled. The Canadian-turned-New-Yorker posts adorable snaps of rehearsals, fellow actors at their shows, and life as a mom. She even shared a pre-audition warm up, which included singing Lady Gaga while curling her hair. How can you not love her?
6. For Seeing the Set Up-Close: Scott Pask
If it weren’t for the attention to detail, Broadway wouldn’t be nearly as fabulous. Those details are thanks to set designers like Scott Pask. “I started to post over five years ago, but very infrequently as I began to discover what I wanted to share,” Scott told Spin. “Eventually, I found that the projects and the process of designing them, my inspiration along the way, and a few personal moments were what I ultimately gravitated toward sharing.” Lucky for us, that means he now provides via Instagram an up close and personal view of details like the “Burn Book” from the upcoming Mean Girls musical and a model of the set for Waitress. “I enjoy seeing the work of others and how they choose to share it — especially when it provides a very personal window into the work I admire.” Follow this account and you’ll see exactly how a Broadway show is made.
7. For Real Theater: Seth Rudetsky
This Broadway personality does it all: conducting, composing, directing, and producing. Most importantly, though, Seth is hilarious and dramatic, and isn’t afraid to show off his wild side on his Instagram account. Here you’ll find lots of selfies: half with big stars, half with dogs — all equally entertaining.
8. For #CouplesGoals: Orfeh
This blonde beauty is married to Andy Karl, whom she met when they both had supporting roles in Legally Blonde. Now, her account is filled with adorable pics of the couple posing on the red carpet, dining out with Anna Wintour, and hanging with their dog. Get ready for a lot more fun snaps to come because the Tony nominee is scheduled to star in Pretty Woman on Broadway this year.
“I enjoy using social media for staying in touch with fans and sharing music,” says Orfeh. “I only wish Instagram were around back in the day. I would have been able to squash silliness and nip other nonsense in the bud!”
9. For Career Advice: Ken Davenport
The producer might not have the most colorful account on our list, but he certainly has the most inspirational one. Scroll through his profile and you’ll find handwritten quotes on a whiteboard that will make you want to go after your dreams. And they aren’t all from theater-folk. How can you not be inspired by advice like, “If opportunity doesn’t knock build a door” or “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once…”? Also, check out his blog, where he drops even more pearls of wisdom for you to scoop up.
10. For Broadway-Life-Meets-Hollywood-Life: Imogen Lloyd Webber
As the daughter of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Imogen was basically raised on Broadway. Now, as an entertainment reporter, the beauty’s worlds of Hollywood and Broadway often collide. No wonder her account is full of photos with stars like Brandy and George Clooney, and Playbills from every show imaginable.