Monica K. Ross (Company Member)


Monica was born and raised in Brooklyn. She has appeared as Florina in Mad Forest, Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Mother Teresa in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, and on Law & Order: SVU. She studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia of the Performing Arts and the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory, where she was honored with the “best actress” award.


Getting To Know... Monica


 

Tell us about a transformative educational experience. 

  

In my sophomore year at Purchase, we were studying Chekhov. My teacher gave me a scene where all of my intentions were to be sent non-verbally. It taught me that even when you don’t have any lines, you’re still living, breathing, and trying to get what you want.

 

  

What about transformative professional experiences? 

  

In a performance of Two Gentlemen of Verona, during one of Julia’s many monologues in meter, I completely blanked on the next line. So, I took a deep breath, tried to relax, and looked into my partner’s eyes to find my line. And it came right to me! It felt like an eternity but the audience didn’t even notice.

 

 

Why I do what I do... 

  

I really love to tell stories. I’m an extremely empathetic person, so I relish in exploring a character’s range of emotions, experiences, and the world that they come from. I live for those magical moments when the audience is really present with you, and the energy in the theatre shifts. It’s really indescribable.

  

 

What about ECT inspires you? 

  

The stories that they choose to tell. The artists are daring, free and alive (and happy!). When I went to my first audition, I felt like something was woken up inside of me. ECT is a true haven for artists.

 

 

Where have you traveled? Where would you like to visit? 

  

I’ve been to Thailand, Dubai, Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, London, Paris, and various places in the US. I dream of camping in every national park. Right now I’d love to go to Iceland and swim in the blue lagoon, see the northern lights, and explore their folklore.

 

 

My favorite "day-off" event would be... 

 

It’s raining outside, I’m sprawled out on the couch with my cat, Pepper, on my chest, watching true crime documentaries, eating a block of cheese and drinking a bottle of wine.

  

  

If I had one million dollars I would... 

  

Buy a house for my mom, a house for my dad, and a house for myself. Donate to movements that are trying to end capital punishment. Then I’d travel the world and hope to be my fiancé’s sugar mama… I don’t think one million is enough!

  

  

Did you know... 

   

I’m a third generation Brooklynite (my grandma was born and raised in Brooklyn and so was my mom).

I used to have a ridiculously thick Brooklyn accent. HUGE METS FAN.

I’m double jointed.

I have a beauty mark on my left eyeball.

I bruise ridiculously easy—my mom calls me “P” from The Princess and the Pea.

I have an unhealthy fear of water bugs—even typing that word just made me go into a little bit of a panic.


Monica's Favorites


Food

  1. Penne alla vodka
  2. Cheese
  3. Mashed Potatoes

Sports

  1. Baseball (Mets!)
  2. Football (Giants!)
  3. Soccer (Italia!)

Books

  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  3. The Stranger Beside Me

Games

  1. Jungle Speed
  2. Catch Phrase
  3. Card Games (Egyptian Rat Screw, Solitaire, Free Cell, Rummy, Black Jack)

TV Series

  1. The Office
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. Homeland

Gifts/Talents

  1. Empathetic
  2. Multi-Tasker
  3. Hardworking
  4. Funny
  5. Daring

Mentors/Role Models

  1. All Game of Thrones actors
  2. Tina Fey
  3. Chekhov
  4. Bernie Sanders
  5. Natalie Woolams-Torres – (she’s going to hate me for doing this) Not only my best friend, but consistently works at The Public Theatre. I aspire to live as naturally on stage as she does. She has talked me down off a ledge many times, and has helped me reinvent what “success” means to me as an artist.

Hobbies/Pastimes

  1. Camping
  2. Watching True Crime TV + Horror Movies
  3. Traveling
  4. I wish I could collect dinosaurs
  5. Hanging at Angry Wade's (a dive bar in Brooklyn)
  6. Eating


Monica's 50 Year Time-Capsule


  • All of my journals from middle school & high school (I have about 10)
  • My great-grandparents ashes that are in a locket
  • My grandma’s handkerchief
  • One of my cat’s mini soccer balls
  • My photo albums
  • “I’m With Stoo” T-shirt that my fiancé made me
  • A fake tiara that was given to me for my 25th birthday—best birthday of all times!
  • Baby book my mom made for me
  • A drawing I made of me and my dad when I was younger