Meet Our Staff: Monika Browne-Ecker, Operations and Production Manager
Monika is the Operations Manager of Theatre B, and a member of the artistic ensemble. Previously Monika spent several years as a legal assistant and office manager at the Myhre Law Office, has been a speech and performance judge at local high schools and Concordia College, and published articles in local newspapers. She is originally from Poland where she was an English teacher and a translator.
Monika pursued Hispanic Studies at the University of Warsaw. After moving to the United States in 2004, Monika studied English and Theatre Arts at Valley City State University where she performed in multiple productions over the years. Her extensive acting credits include Amanda Wingfield in Glass Menagerie, Bagheera in The Jungle Book, Damis in Tartuffe, and many more. Monika is a recipient of the undergraduate research grant through the SOAR program at VCSU. The grant allowed Monika to study the transnational experience of immigrant women. This research (and real-life experience) lead her to the writing of the one-person show EnTransed which she performed in January 2016 at VCSU.
Monika has performed with Theatre B in Marjorie Prime, The Art of Bad Men, and Re-Entry, and worked in design and management in Church & State, A Beautiful Hell, I Will Not Go Gently, 1984, and Straight White Men. She is currently the Assistant Director of The Santaland Diaries. In the Fargo-Moorhead area Monika has performed with Tin Roof Theatre Company (The Judgment at Nuremberg, The Matchmaker), and Cass Act’s production of Chaperones by Scott Ecker. Monika is married and has two kids.
What made you want to be a part of Theatre B?
I remember attending the production of Third by Wendy Wasserstein. That show made me want to become a part of this Ensemble- seeing Pam Strait on stage in the beautiful and painful role, and just knowing that there was a theatre in Fargo-Moorhead which told such contemporary and powerful stories- that became a dream of mine.
Little known hobby/activity?
I love to sing (Schubert and Faure are favorites), and discover new music.
The same season I saw Third at Theatre B, I also saw Almost, Maine which starred among other people the man who became my husband, Scott Ecker! You might say I have a huge connection of love to Theatre B, in theatrical and romantic terms ?
Why should people come see shows at Theatre B?
People should see shows at Theatre B because we love to connect with our audience in the telling of important stories and asking big questions. We feel truly connected to our audiences in Fargo-Moorhead!