photo: Joanna Strauss Photography
Monica Samii is a Champaign native. She started her acting career at the ripe old age of seven, appearing as Woodstock in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She has appeared locally in several productions over her many years with The Sunshine Dinner Playhouse, The Celebration Company at Station Theatre, Illinois Repertory Theatre, Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company, and The Urbana Park District. Monica had a short-lived career as a child actor both locally and nationally appearing in commercials for Cap ‘N’ Crunch Cereals and NutraSweet, and was the daughter in the Marketplace Mall promotional campaigns. As a graduate of Champaign Central High School, she was among several students who returned to dedicate The Little Theatre to Donald Decker. Monica attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she studied Theatre Performance. After returning from Edwardsville, she immersed herself choreographing and directing with many different theatre organizations in C-U. Some of her favorite works include: Annie Kids with the Champaign Park District, Sweet Charity and Rent with Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company, and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress with Twin City Theatre Company. Monica is currently the EMR Informatics Analyst at Christie Clinic with a special focus on Patient Engagement. She is enrolled at Indiana Wesleyan University to finally finish her Bachelor’s in Marketing, hopes to pursue a Masters in Healthcare Communication, and might just be the epitome of “never too late.” She is also an active member of the Junior League of C-U. To say that she is close to her family would be an understatement. She is fortunate enough to have her immediate family close by, adores being an Aunt to her four nieces and nephew, and is happy to share her life with the biggest love of her life, her daughter, Estella.