I just believe you’re given these awesome opportunities-slash-responsibilities, and you’re not given them and left to your own devices to pull them off.

Although she is a 2016 TONY-nominee for her dazzling performance as Angelica Schuyler in HAMILTON, BIV Soprano Renée Elise Goldsberry nearly passed on the opportunity to audition for the show's original workshop. Firmly believing she was not what they would be looking for, she took the audition anyway and landed the role of a lifetime.

In this episode of The BIV Podcast (recorded backstage at the Richard Rodgers Theater in September of 2015), we'll learn about Goldsberry's comfortable (if transient) upbringing in a liberal, intellectual household. She'll tell us how her mother was entirely responsible for her admission to Carnegie Mellon, why she considers Billy Porter and Ty Taylor "Prophets", and how her improbable casting as a dark-skinned Nellie Forbush in a high-school production of SOUTH PACIFIC changed forever the way she looked at the world around her.

Goldsberry also discusses why her family is the most important part of her life, and reveals the true genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda, which has nothing to do with his ability to craft a musical.

Come spend a soulful hour with the incomparable Renée Elise Goldsberry.

Follow Renée on Twitter: @reneeelisegolds