Monet Hurst-Mendoza is an NYC-based playwright and director from Los Angeles, CA. Her plays include The Annex (Bare Bones Ensemble, 2010 Work(s) In Progress Festival), In The Waiting Line, Shangri-L.A., Lilia, Janeʼs Room (Looking Glass Theatre, 2010 Spring Writer/Director Forum), Veilʼd, (Rising Circle Theater Collective, INKtank/PlayRISE Festival 2010; |the claque| QuaDs Series 2011). Veil’d is slated to be workshopped as part of Rising Circle’s inaugural REFINERY Series at Queen’s College in May 2012.
Directing credits include Little Murders (La Salle High School’s Performing Arts Conservatory), Mud, Springtime, The Distance From Here, Rabbit Hole, A Month in the Country, and 365 Days/365 Plays (Marymount Manhattan College); assistant direction/dramaturgy for The Women (dir. Bob Goldsby), Richard III (dir. Armin Shimerman), and The Young Idea Project with The Antaeus Company.
Monet holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts, with concentrations in directing and playwriting from Marymount Manhattan College. She is the 2009 recipient of the Marymount Manhattan College Gold Key for Excellence in Theatre Arts, Writing for the Stage. She was a finalist for Hangar Theatreʼs 2010 Playwriting Residency, Youngbloodʼs 2009 and 2010 play development group at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the 2011 Old Vic New Voices T.S. Elliot US/UK Exchange, the 2011 Lark Play Development Center‘s Playwright’s Week, and the 2011-2012 Van Leir Fellowship.
Member: The Dramatist Guild of America, Rising Circle Theater Collective, Bare Bones Ensemble (founding member), |the claque|, The Women’s Project. She lives in Brooklyn with her two kitties, Nabia & Mirana.
Things in My Angry Patrons Survival Kit: A sewing box. Bandaids. My family & friends. Highlighters and Post-its. Sharks and Manatees. Lush products. Chocolate-flavored teas. Iced coffee. My Francesca Lia Block book collection.
Influences: There are a lot… but a short list of people who’s work I really admire include Sarah Kane, JoAnne Akalaitis, Deborah Warner, Naomi Iizuka, Young Jean Lee, Anne Bogart, Sarah Ruhl, Sheila Callaghan, Katori Hall, Paula Vogel, Lynn Nottage, Mac Wellman, Rollin Jones, Samuel Beckett, Jules Feiffer, and Jean-Paul Sartre.
One day I hope to: Direct a production of No Exit by Sartre for Angry Patrons! …and get a Welsh Corgi and name him “Indiana” (after one of my most favorite movies).