Resident Artists

Monica McCarthy

Shakespeare aficionado

Monica McCarthy is an actress, writer, and director based in NYC. Her credits include Broadway (u/s to Laura Linney and Alicia Silverstone), television, film, and she is the creator and host of the philosophy podcast, The Happier Hour: Philosophy To Help Life Suck Less. She has studied in London, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and spent a year as a lead singer in a Big Band show in Japan. Monica studied Theater at Pepperdine University in Malibu, where she was awarded the Mary Pickford scholarship for Theater Excellence. She has also trained with Shakespeare & Company, The Royal Shakespeare Company, the American Globe Theater, and the Russian Arts Theater. She has spoken at TEDx and conferences around the country on the importance of valuing the humanities and classical texts. She is currently completing her Masters in Creative Writing & Literature from Harvard University. Monica is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, NYWIFT, and the Dramatists Guild of America. 


A Shakespeare aficionado, Monica developed her Decoding Shakespeare Method for helping actors transform from intimidated to immersed, and she is now highly sought after as a coach for grad school auditions. 


Monica is currently offering all MCS students a special Decoding Shakespeare private coaching package for four private sessions over Zoom for $350. As a special bonus you’ll also receive her Decoding Shakespeare Cheat Sheets as well as access to her video library of Shakespeare Power Hours wherein she offers an overview, context, and performance insights into a different Shakespeare play in under an hour.

Check out her Shakespeare coaching page and website at for testimonials and more information and send her an email at with the subject: MCS Shakespeare and she’ll get back to you within 24 hours!

Annie Chadwick

Career Coaching


Annie is the founder of Up-To-Date Theatricals and author of the #1 NYC industry guides: NYC Agent Directory, NYC Casting Directors, NYC Personal Manager Directory, and the NYC theatre sourcebook, ON STAGE.  Her recent performance work includes:  54 Below Cabaret, "Broadway Bluegrass," with NYCity Slickers band; New musical demo recordings, "The Long Hot Summer" (based on film by same title); NPR live performance presentation of original songs for the memoir, "Trials of the Earth," Thacker Mountain Radio; New musical reading, "Where Angels Fear to Tread," composer/lyricist Kit Goldstein Grant; Soloist, The Bluegrass Mass; sold-out Norway Tour with her bluegrass band, the NYCity Slickers; Helen, feature film, Hank Boyd is Dead; NYCity Slickers bluegrass album release, Cotton Comet Sky, the Bitter End; Featured performer, North Cape Film Festival, Norway Theatre credits include: Jacques Brel: Life Dance; Lysistrata; Something's Afoot; Cat On a Hot Tin Roof; Cabaret; Hello Dolly!; Baby; Same Time Next Year; Vaudeville Nouveau w/Bill Irwin; Gounod's Faust w/Jerome Hines; Canterbury Tales. Film/TV credits include Confessions of a Shopaholic, as John Lithgow's wife; Allison, History Channel movie Messages; Law & Order: SVU,  Animal Planet; Hallmark Channel's New Morning;  Awakenings;  Saturday Night Live w/David Spade.

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The Writers Block

Matt Clemons Creative Director

The placement of the apostrophe in our name is not a mistake. Our block belongs to all, whether just passing through or taking up residency — everyone is welcomed. 

The Writers’ Block is here for all who have ever asked the question, “Do I have something to say?” It is here to give emerging, established, and amateur writers a forum to create and explore without inhibition; to give emerging, established, and amateur actors a place to interpret, perform, and shine; and to give emerging, established, and amateur human beings a place to be — or not to be. 

Through Accountability Groups, and a yearly schedule of gatherings and events, both set and spontaneous, The Writers’ Block will be a performance and showcase opportunity for all. 

There’s plenty of room, come unblock on The Writers’ Block.

For info about The Writers' Block, email Matt Clemons at:

The Shrill Collective

The Shrill Collective seeks to effect civic, social, and economic change through the union of activism and the performing arts by supporting artists who are women, non binary, and other marginalized genders.  We believe that by giving women and non-binary artists an elevated platform to share their unique artistic perspective and experiences, we can transform a pipeline that has traditionally favored cis male storytelling. By pairing these stories with local changemaking organizations, we hope to advance social, political, and economic justice and equity.

The Shrill Collective was founded on March 5th, 2017, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization under Fractured Atlas.

Women's Voices. Amplified.


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