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.
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.