See what people are saying about working with Monica!!

“Working with Monica is like going for ice cream and just being joyous at the amount of colors and textures and qualities of the potential layers you could get. She brings so much life to a rehearsal process and is so darn courageous at every impulse she takes. Not only is she committed to her practice as an artist, but she brings a level of care to each person she interacts with. Monica bursts with passion, respect for others and has an innate thoughtfulness about her. In short, she’s everything humanity needs right now!” 

Kevin Jesuino – Devised Theatre Director

Cappies, Edmonton Journal - The Canterville Ghost, Lillian Osborne 2019

Performing double duty in the Canterville Ghost, Monica Gate shone as the veteran exerciser Madam Balaklava, bringing laughs aplenty with her arrival, and a few visiting ghosts as well. Gate’s transformation from the Scottish gardener Weeds, to the old hag Balaklava (fitted with the shrill voice and hypnotic walk to boot), was truly phenomenal and ensured her as a highlight of the production.”

Joshua Thiel 

“Many of the laughs from the audience were caused by the astonishing Monica Gate[…], playing the characters of Weeds/Madam Balaklava[…]. Gate consistently impressed the audience with her incredible performances. From accent to stature, Weeds and Madam Balaklava differ greatly, but are both intensely comedic. When switching between characters, Gates never missed a beat. With her convincing accents and strong portrayal of character, she managed never to switch up her characters accidentally; fluidly transitioning with every scene in which she was present.”

Grayson King

“While the show was comedically satisfying in many forms, Monica Gates as Weeds and Madam Balaklava was especially entertaining. Her dedication to satire was evident in her physicality and skillfully timed wit and facial expressions. Humour was not her only impressive trait though. Gates’s devotion to both of her roles was obvious through consistent accents, vastly different personalities and mannerisms, which she never confused.”

Jasmine El-issa

“Chaos was heightened with the entrance of Monica Gate, in the role of both the eccentric medium Madam Balaklava, and the gardener Weeds. Gate’s incredible versatility allowed for her spot-on Scottish accent as the calm Weeds, and soon after, the hunched posture and jittery of movements of an excitable Madam Balaklava.”

Mary Frank