Monica Cross studied English at New College of Florida (2006-2010), before going on to Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University) where she earned her Master of Letters (2012) and M.F.A. (2013) in the Shakespeare and Performance graduate program. She was a part of the first year of the MFA company model, and a founding member of Roving Shakespare. She studied with Make Trouble in 2017, and has done choreography intensives with Intimacy Directors International and Neutral Chaos.
She has been the Playhouse Manager at the American Shakespeare Center, the Production Manager at Starlite Players, the Text Coach at the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival, and a Costume Designer for The Urbanite. From 2014-2019, she was the Production Manager and Technical Director of the Black Box Theater at New College of Florida, where she also taught courses in theatrical design. She has also taught at the University of South Florida St. Peterburg and Ringling College of Art and Design.
Most recently, she has turned her attention towards playwriting. Her short plays have been produced in New York City and Spokane, Washington. Her one-act, Cyrano on the Moon, was produced at both the Tampa Fringe Festival and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. And her first full-length play, Wonder of Our Stage, was the winner of The Players New Play Festival in 2018 and produced as part of the Players Summer Sizzlers Series in 2019.
Monica Cross has also worked in other areas of theatre as well. You can explore her other work by following the links below.
Anne and Robert Jackson Residency
Hermitage Artist Retreat
John Ringling Towers Individual Artist Award
for the Performing Arts
Winning Play, Wonder of Our Stage
Player's New Play Festival
“Tech Choice Award” and Runner up for “Best in Fest”
for The Weyward Sisters
Tampa International Fringe Festival