Bio & stats
Build: Slim (size 10-12)
Playing age: 35-40
Vocal range: Soprano (E bel. mid C – E ab. top C; Belt to D)
Languages: English, Italian (native), German (school standard)
Monica is an Italian actress and singer graduated from the Royal Academy of Music’s Postgraduate Musical Theatre Course. After graduation, she is one of Sir Elton John’s backing singers at the Concert for Diana (Wembley Arena, London) and a member of the West End Chorus for Chess in Concert (Royal Albert Hall, London).
Due to her Italian fiery passion and red hair, she soon specialises in quirky and mad roles, such as the mad Bertha in Jane Eyre the musical (Bridewell Theatre, London), a few mythical creatures in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kenneth More Theatre, London), and also originating the roles of Polly Flinders in the new musical Nursery Crimes (King’s Head Theatre, London) and Mademoiselle Syphilis in Nadav Wiesel’s Femme Fatale (Upstairs at the Gatehouse).
She is a backing singer for Anthem: The Concert with Brian May, Kerry Ellis and Adam Pascal, and is part of the ensemble in The Night of the 1000 Stars (both at Royal Albert Hall).
She appears as Luisa Contini in Nine (Kenneth More Theatre), Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd (Rome, Italy), and Rosina in The Barber of Seville (Theatre Clwyd, Mold), Violet Gibson in Violet & Mussolini (Rome). In 2018, she receives a Best Actress Award for her performance as Mata Hari in "The Last Night of Mata Hari", in Rome.
As well as performing in other people's shows, she produces and performs her one woman show Mad Women my Attic! gaining both the public and the critics’ approval, in Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Prague Fringe Festival and in London's finest cabaret venues (The Other Palace, The Crazy Coqs). She brings the show to the United Solo Festival in New York, making her official off-Broadway debut, and this adventure gains her a Best Cabaret Award at the festival.
She's currently writing and workshopping her second one woman show "Skeletons in my Closet!", an autobiographical cabaret of her adventures in the paranormal field, as well as portraying the role of criminal investigator Angela (probably one of her sanest characters to this date) in the exciting horror immersive show Bloodbath (Screamworks Productions).
Monica is also a certified gong practitioner and sound therapist.
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