Monica Hunken is a solo performer who creates docu-adventure shows from her international voyages seeking out stories of foreign cultures and her own family history. Her first play, Reading the Water, produced at HERE Arts Center selected for the American Living Room Festival, explores the mysterious death of her scientist father and illuminates the dangerous conditions at his laboratory. Blondie of Arabia, produced at The Living Theatre, relays the tale of Hunken's solo bike ride across three countries in the Middle East. It won first place, the Audience Award, at the Apostrof Festival in Prague and was selected for the Theater of Change Festival in Athens, Greece, Sibiu International Theater Festival in Romania, and De Parade Festival in the Netherlands.
Her latest play, The Wild Finish, was originally produced in Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival and has been chosen for the Amsterdam Fringe Festival in September.
She earned her BFA in Drama from the Experimental Theatre Wing and MA in Educational Theatre at NYU and has since taught in Thailand, Greece, India, trained in Amsterdam, Poland and Ireland, worked with the bicycle advocacy group - Time's-Up! and is Action Captain for Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. Hunken has performed with Les Freres Corbusier, International WOW, Not Man Apart Physical Theater Company and is a member of The Living Theatre Company.