Category Archives: Acting

This is the Acting section, and several of Monique’s projects are shown below – – for Reels click here!

Production Photos of Odalys Nanin’s Marilyn – My Secret

Thanks to everyone, who came out to see MARILYN – MY SECRET at West Hollywood’s MACHA THEATRE. This dramedy received rave reviews including becoming Pick of the Week in LA WEEKLY on April 4th, 2013.

Production Photos from Odalys Nanin’s Garbo’s Cuban Lover – The Re-Imagined version

GARBO’S CUBAN LOVER – The Re-Imagined version became the August 8th, 2013 LA Weekly Pick of the Week with this fourth run, in which Monique was happy to perform. It was previously listed as being a top ten play in THE ADVOCATE and a BACKSTAGE WEST’s Critic’s Pick.


Monique did a dynamic job performing the roles of Natasha Lytess & Paula Strasberg, 2 of Marilyn Monroe’s acting coaches, in MARILYN – MY SECRET at Macha Theatre.


Cast / Production Crew




Monique Marissa Lukens gives gut-wrenchingly heartfelt performances in two roles … playing Natasha Lytess, and Paula Strasberg, Monroe’s mentor and acting coach.

Tolucan Times ~ Pat Taylor

Monique Marissa Lukens is appropriately hammy as the two domineering women in Monroe’s life, acting coaches Natasha Lytess and Paula Strasberg.

Blog Critics

Monique Marissa Lukens plays both Natasha Lytess, Marilyn’s first acting coach, and her last, Paula Strasberg, wife of Lee. Paula is amusingly covered in black, including head scarf and sunglasses, which isn’t that far from the way Paula often appeared, being the avatar of serious drama.

James Spada ~ International Celebrity Biographer