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    Posted December 12, 2017

Equity’s GYPSY ROBE®

A Historic 65-Year Backstage Tradition on Broadway

‘We Dance’ to Celebrate Once on This Island's Gypsy Robe® Recipient: Grasan Kinsberry

“Being a Gypsy robe recipient means, to me, being recognized by a community of actors who celebrate and honor those who remain dedicated to this business. I think of the first time I attended a ceremony and dreaming of being inducted/honored into this ‘club.’ I recall being surprised to receive the robe for Once On This Island, as I strongly believed it was going to go to another cast-mate of mine. So I was completely shocked when my name was called and weeping with joy as I circled the group.”


Grasan Kingsberry, photo by Michael Kushner

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

First Broadway Credit: Aida, 2003

Professional Training: The Juilliard School; Northwest School of the Arts

Year Joined Equity: 2003

How I Got My Equity Card: I booked Aida as a replacement two months before I graduated college and got my Equity card from that open call!

Number of Broadway Chorus Contract Credits: 11!

Fun Fact: I have performed at the St. James Theatre three times – two of them were back to back – and twice at the Imperial Theater!


Moments from the Gypsy Robe® Ceremony

Grasan Kingsberry does the ceremonial three laps around the circle of company members and supporters. Photo by Michael Kushner.

Grasan Kingsberrg with fellow cast members of Once on This Island. Photo by Michael Kushner.

View the full gallery of photos here!

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