Monica Risi is a Peruvian actor, acting coach, and university professor in the performing arts with experience as an artist both in the US and Peru. A past member of the faculty in the Department of Performing Arts at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, she has collaborated in designing new curriculum and new classes for programs oriented towards acting, directing, and producing. Monica is a dynamic artist whose approach to teaching places the actor's curiosity and will at the center of building a genuine, robust, fulfilling, and expansive acting technique for each artist. She has taught courses on character work, ensemble building, and scene study, as well as seminars on practice-based research and workshops on producing.
Her stage acting credits include On the Faultlines (The Civilians), Some Historic, Some Hysteric (The New Stage Theater Company), The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl (Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble), Water by Sheila Callahan (HERE Arts Space), readings of Hitler in My Heart by Noé Morales Muñoz and Pork Kidneys to Soothe Despair by Alejandro Ricaño (The Mexico-US Playwright Exchange at the Lark), and Everyman by Carol Ann Duffy (Teatro La Plaza in Peru). Film acting credits include roles in the film adaptation by Rossana Díaz Costa of Alfredo Bryce Echenique's acclaimed novel Un Mundo para Julius, and in comedies such as Igualita a mi by Felipe Martínez Amador and Asu Mare 3 by Jorge Ulloa. Monica is very proud of her role as an acting coach to young actors on film in Peru's largest movie production company, Tondero, and of her collaboration in the design of virtual theater workshops for children living with physical disabilities through a collaboration between PUCP and the Teleton Foundation in different regions of Peru.
She holds an MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School at The New School, and a year of conservatory training at Brooklyn's Studio 5, where she had the opportunity to work with Balinese masks and various methods of training in physical theater.