Monica Raymund is an accomplished actress, producer, philanthropist, and teacher as well as a co-founder of Sterling Features, and founder/CEO of Sisu Theatrical Productions, LLC. As an actress, Monica is best known for her current starring role as Gabriella Dawson on NBC’s TV drama, "Chicago Fire," created by Dick Wolf. She also starred as Ria Torres as a series regular on the FOX hit TV drama "Lie To Me," opposite Academy Award nominee Tim Roth. Monica appeared in Arbitrage starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, and will be starring in the new indie feature Submarine Kid opposite Finn Wittrock. Past TV credits include: "Blue Bloods," "The Good Wife," "Law & Order: SVU." Stage credits include roles played at Huntington Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Center, and Sundance Lab.
As a producer, Monica has undergone various independent projects in LA and NYC. She is a producer and company member of the non-profit LA based theatre company, The Mechanicals Theatre Group, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the fragile state of Los Angeles public school arts programs by volunteering and teaching acting, voice/speech, movement, and Shakespeare analysis to LAUSD schools. Through Mechanicals Theatre Group, Monica has produced numerous plays, most recently, The Elephant Man, which garnered four Ovation Award nominations, including Best Production. Currently the president and founder of Sisu Theatrical Productions, LLC., a bi-coastal production company dedicated to new works in theatre, Monica is the lead producer of the new and original musical, Volleygirls, written by Rob Ackerman with music and lyrics by Eli Bolin and Sam Forman. Volleygirls participated in the TRU Voices New Musical Reading Series (which starred Susan Blackwell, Anthony Rapp, and Gideon Glick) and will be premiering its first full production in the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival. She is currently executive-producing and starring in the new indie feature Submarine Kid, co-produced by Coronet Films, Deborah Aquila, and Tricia Wood.
Monica also volunteers at various organizations and has served on the Board of Directors at Hollywood Artsfor the past two years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Performing Arts Project, a non-profit theater arts learning institution of which she is a co-founder and acting teacher. The Performing Arts Project is based at Wake Forest University. She is also a faculty member in the Communications program at The Heifetz International Music Institute, a prestigious summer program for the world’s best high-school and college-aged chamber musicians that is dedicated to educating young music artists about artistic expression, awareness, and communication. The institute is based at Mary Baldwin College.
Monica received her B.F.A. from The Juilliard School and is represented by The Gersh Agency and The Group Entertainment.