Monica Sayers has had an extensive career spanning more than a decade in the industry across different mediums. Having attended ATYP and Actors Centre Australia, she continued studying acting at NIDA, graduating in 2004.
Since then, Monica has worked on a number of top television series including Love My Way, All Saints, Home and Away, The Clinic (Ireland) and The Royal (UK).
Monica has a great love for theatre and most recently starred in Visiting Hours with bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company for VIVID Sydney 2016 and Where’s My Money? produced by Seeker Productions for the Sydney Fringe Festival last year. Other on stage highlights include Sydney Theatre Company’s Dead Caesar – a satirical musical based on Julius Caesar, written by the Chaser writers, Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen. (ABC TV)
She has appeared in countless television commercials for big companies such as – Holden, YOUI Insurance, Nasonex Allergy, Scholl, Open Universities, Big W, Woolworths, National Australia Bank, Optus, Medibank Private, Soul Telecommunications, Commonwealth Bank, HSBC Bank, EON (UK), Po Chai Yuen Pills (Hong Kong) and ADT Security Systems, Splenda and Optivo (USA).
An accomplished voiceover artist as well, Monica has voiced corporate videos, community travel announcements, short films, promo tags and spoken word used in techno music. Her highlights include Tiger Beer’s UNCAGED campaign, a radioplay – Avenues of Eternal Peace for BBC Northern Ireland and playing Yoko Ono in ABC’s TV series, Soul Mates.
Monica became a yoga teacher in 2009, after returning from a two year period spent in the UK. She has been practising yoga since she was 15, also having ingrained in her at both drama schools how important yoga is for the actor has kept Monica on the mat. Yoga plays an important role in how to be present; how to have a form of connection with ourselves. She found this to be invaluable - to not only help centre body and breath, but cultivating awareness to her thoughts and finding a way to release attachment to them in order to focus.
She has attended training with some amazing teachers including Seane Corn, Donna Farhi, John Friend and Sarah Powers. A Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, Monica has training in Yin yoga, Prenatal, Kids yoga and Yoga Therapy.
Her time abroad allowed her to investigate more into her yoga and voice work as a whole. Blending yoga postures, breathing techniques and spoken word, Monica believes bringing voice work into the yoga practice helps students gain clarity in their communication and frees the voice and body from tension. She now teaches this to the full-time acting students at Actors Centre Australia and at NIDA to the Masters of Fine Arts students studying Voice.
Monica will be working with the Sydney Theatre Company in two shows for the 2017 season. Lucy Kirkwood's geo-political play Chimerica will open on the 1st March and the new Australian work by Disapol Savetsila, Australian Graffiti will open July 7th.
Monica’s approach to yoga is simple – to be present to each moment, to breathe into each breath, and to allow the voice to be free. Her classes have a smooth steady flow, whilst focusing on alignment, music, pranayama (breath technique) and speaking from a natural and free tone. Bring a few lines of text with you. It may be a poem, lines from a monologue or scene, even song lyrics are all fine. There will be a point in the practice (after a few weeks of drop in sessions) where Monica will get you to the point to speak when you least expect it. Speaking whilst moving is what we do naturally and daily. Though when we act, we can often forget how to do this with ease. The session will leave you feeling restored and centred, giving you mental and vocal clarity to carry throughout the rest of your day and into your auditions/rehearsals.