is a Panamanian born actor, musician, and fight choreographer. She most
recently played the lead in Venus Theatre’s “Cigarettes and Moby Dick.”
Educated at the London Drama Academy and The College of William & Mary, she
has acted and choreographed fights for Venus Theatre, Teatro de la Luna,
GALA, Theatre Virginia, St. Mark’s Players, Theater at Lime Kiln, and
Theatre IV. Her work on The Runaways was nominated for Outstanding
Fight Choreography for the 2003 WATCH awards. She has also choreographed
fights for several independent films and has acted in El Rio de la Muerte,
The Faithful, The Adventures of Adrian Manx, The Mystic Motel, Two
Front Teeth (films), Yerma, Stonewall Country, A Midsummer Night’s
Dream, The Adventures of Lewis and Clark (theater plays).
Monalisa recently released her first CD, entitled Olympic, and gigs
regularly in the DC area. In October 2004 she had the honor of opening for
Soraya at a benefit concert. You can visit her website at monalisaarias.com,
and find her music at cdbaby.com.