I'm a Canadian born, Brooklyn based, actor, improvisor, and choreographer. This bio is written in the third person because that's how I imagine Oprah writes her to-do lists. How amazing would it be if I met Oprah one day, showed her my bio and she was all like, "that's how I write my to-do lists!" I think we'd both have a pretty good laugh over it, that's for sure.
- the actor- improvisor
Monique received her BA in Theatre from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has worked with Column 13 Actors Company, BCurrent's Raiz’N Ensemble, and Birdtown & Swanville -most notably as actor and choreographer for Toronto Fringe fest favorite 36 Little Plays About Hopeless Girls. Her one woman play The Banana Dance- about the life of Josephine Baker- was chosen as a featured staged reading at B Current’s Rock.Paper.Sista’s 6 theatre festival. National newspaper The Toronto Star also did a full length feature article on the work.
Monique has studied with Second City Toronto, UCB and The PIT, and has performed in comedy clubs, theaters, colleges and festivals all over the country with improv teams Day Camp Kids, Nobody’s Token and NYC's premier Hip Hop Improv team Northcoast (voted one of Time Out NY Best Comedy Shows in 2014). In 2010, Monique was 1 of 10 finalists to compete for a full tuition scholarship in the PIT/NBC Universal’s Diversity Scholarship Competition. She now performs weekly with UCB Harold team Some Kid, monthly in UCB's only daytime talk show at night, The Female Gaze and recently concluded a run of shows at UCB Theater Chelsea of A Journey Through Black History, former UCB improv house team Astronomy Club's first foray into sketch comedy.
In addition to her improv credits, Monique has appeared on Broad City Season 3, filmed a pilot as an finalist entry for the NBC Playground Competition, made hosting appearances on VH1's The 20 and shot web commercials for ABC7 and ABC Daytime. She has featured in comedy videos or Funny or Die, Mashableand UCBcomedy, is a recurring role on the second season of Funny or Die's satirical podcast Scienceology and has created web and app content for Refinery29, Mustache Films, MTV/ Yoostar Entertainment and Mik Mak TV.
She is also a company member, director and teaching artist for The Story Pirates, a nationally recognized children’s media and education company. With the Story Pirates, Monique has performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as a featured performer at Scholastic’s National Teen Writing Competition and as a voice actor on The Absolutely Mindy Show, the Story Pirate’s monthly radio show on Sirius XM.
- the dancer- choreographer
Monique spent many years training and working as a dancer (with a concentration in hip hop and street dance). She can be seen in commercials for Dairy Farmers of Ontario and the Hot Docs film festival, music videos for Kevin Lyttle and Robbie Williams and corporate performances for Pepsi and Kia Motors.
She and her work have been performed in choreographer’s showcases/dance competitions Toronto’s Choreographer’s Ball, Dance Immersion, Prelude East Coast and World of Dance and has taught hip hop classes for the Joffrey Ballet, street dance school House of Movement and Nest+m Afterschool. She is the former Artistic Director of RiSE hip hop dance crew, and in 2013 lead the team to place 5th out of 18 teams at World of Dance New York.