Monica Villa


Actress, Singer and Voice Over Artist

Monica is a NY-based actress, singer and voice over artist, who holds a BA in Theatre and English from Barnard College of Columbia University. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

Originally from NJ, this quirky-voiced ingénue got her first taste of performing at age 8, when she was invited to join the children's choir of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Tenafly.  A love of music combined with tireless dedication ultimately enabled Monica to climb the ranks and become the church's youngest cantor at the tender age of 14. She would continue singing at the church's various masses and religious services until leaving to pursue a degree in Theatre at Barnard College of Columbia University.

During her time at Barnard, Monica appeared in numerous departmental productions at the Minor Latham Theatre. Among her most memorable experiences was collaborating and performing with her fellow theatre majors on an original show, entitled What You Need: A Rape Play. Inspired by the real-life accounts of sexual assault survivors, this piece went on to become a semifinalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Monica's college theatre career would culminate in the development of her own solo performance thesis, Balancing Act: A One-Woman Show. 

However, Monica's training during those four years was not limited to the school's intensive acting program. While studying at Barnard, Monica would also continue to hone her craft through additional training, both abroad in the UK and locally at NYC's historic HB Studio. In the summer of her sophomore year, she attended the exclusive British American Drama Academy's Midsummer in Oxford program.  There, she would study under many of British entertainment's finest including John Gorrie, Mick Barnfather, Irina Brown, Madeline Potter and Fiona Shaw.

Since graduating, Monica has gone on to perform professionally across various mediums ranging from stage to screen. Favorite credits include: South Pacific (Liat), The Monkey King: A Kung-Fusical (the Herald and Guanyin the Goddess of Mercy) and When Asian Actors Audition for Commercials (Eunice).  Most recently, Monica performed in National Asian Artists Project's production of Cinderella under the direction of Sesame Street's Alan Muraoka. (To learn more about my latest projects, please visit the News section of my website.)

Outside of performing, Monica enjoys traveling, swing dancing and fattening up her friends with whatever baked goodie she happens to be perfecting at the moment.


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