Meet the 2016 Tony Awards Nominees: Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

We were lucky to see so many ensemble plays on Broadway this season. Many of the nominees in this category even come from the same play! Although every character is so important to telling the overall story, these 5 nominees added something special to catch the eye of the Tony Committee.

Today's Spotlight: Best Performance by an

Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Meet Pascale Armand

Eclipsed (Bessie)

Training: Georgetown University & Howard University (BA), NYU Tisch (MFA in Acting)

Big Break: Making her Broadway debut in The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson, she has had a successful regional theatre career before coming to Broadway, performing in Shakespeare and contemporary plays at the McCarter Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre and Off Broadway at the Public Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop.

Fun Fact: She is an expert at stilt walking after Tony Award winning director Bartlett Sher asked her to walk on stilts in a production in grad school.

Meet Megan Hilty

Noises Off (Brooke Ashton)

Hometown: Bellevue, Washington Training: Carnegie Mellon University

Big Break: Before graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Megan had an audition that would change her life. She made her Broadway debut as the Glinda standby in Wicked in 2004 before taking over the role in 2005 and spent 4 and a half years with the production. She has gone on to originate Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5: The Musical and is known world-wide for her work as Ivy Lynn on NBC's Smash.

Fun Fact: She keeps Santa and Mrs. Claus figurines displayed all year in her living room to remind her of the Christmas spirit. Also, Singing Coach Caroline lives in one of Megan's former NYC apartments!