Monica has directed many productions with the company over the last decade, including White Crow by Dawn E. Crysler and She’s Mine by Stephanie Jones, both premier productions of new works by Niagara playwrights. In 2014/2015 , Monica led the company to new heights directing Wings of Wax by Lindsay Price and The Valley by Joan MacLeod. In 2015/2016, Monica directed Falling: A Wake by Gary Kirkham and performed in Poor by Suzanne Ristic, and L’lapse by Stan Rogal. ECT also launched the extremely successful program Senior Stories under Monica’s direction — an intergenerational arts project which involves university students interviewing older adults throughout the Niagara Region and producing a musical play based on their gathered stories. For 2016/2017, Monica directed The Fighting Days and The Drawer Boy. Upcoming she will direct The Welland Canal Play, Our Lady of Delicias, Around the World and Home Again this season for ECT. Monica will also direct All Aboard for Chorus Niagara, a family concert that will be presented in March, 2018.
Highlights of Monica’s work as an actor include two seasons with the Shaw Festival, productions with the National Arts Centre, Theatre Aquarius, The Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, several projects with Carousel Players, as well as performances with other Niagara companies including Lyndesfarne, NeXt, and Theatre Beyond Words. Ms. Dufault worked as Assistant Director with Kim Selody at Carousel Players on Wimp, and with Kelly Daniels on Lyndesfarne’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. In addition to her work with ECT, Monica has directed shows for the Hamilton Philharmonic, Mainstream Niagara, and has been the artistic director of Brock University’s October Soiree for the past seven years. Her work as a playwright includes: Peg and the Yeti; Petticoats, Boots and Muskets; and Bullying Hurts. Monica is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada, and now teaches Acting and Scriptwriting part-time at Brock University.