Montreal Coordinator/InstructorShanti Gonzales
Shanti is the newest member of the Monkey Rock family, holding down the fort in Montreal! After having worked for five years as a barista, she is so grateful to have traded in those cranky coffee addicts for all these smiling monkey faces!
Shanti has been performing since the age of 7; she was trained as a child opera singer, took piano lessons for 10 years, and taught herself the guitar at age 13. Her passion for performance goes beyond music – she is an avid lover of the theatre, working as an actor/director on three to five projects a year. She even founded CoffeeSpoons Theatre Project, a community theatre company back in her hometown of Boston, MA.
Shanti is finishing up her Honours degree in Drama and Theatre and working as a research assistant at McGill University. A proud Indian-Mexican-American woman, Shanti is currently writing a one-woman-show about her very multicultural upbringing. She is fluent in Spanish and French (and English), and is also a die-hard Bruins and Red Sox fan; you’ve been warned!
Monkey Rocker by morning, full-time student by afternoon, theatremaker by night, and coffee-drinker at all hours, Shanti always has a big smile on her face. She often gushes to anyone who will listen about how much she loves Monkey Rock – where else can you spend your days singing and laughing with the best and brightest monkeys in Montreal?!
One day Rory will get around to writing his bio.