Posted April 28, 2017
AEA’s GYPSY ROBE®
A Historic 65-Year Backstage Tradition on Broadway
Shina Ann Morris was definitely “Meant To Be” Anastasia’s Gypsy 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!”
Name: Shina Ann Morris
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!”
Moments from the Gypsy Robe® Ceremony
Shina Ann Morris learns that she will receive the Gypsy Robe.
Co-stars and supporters reach out to touch the Gypsy Robe for good luck!