Monica Lee can currently be seen on Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood” now streaming on Netflix. For multiple seasons, she played Ms. Piccolo, the snappy quick-witted music teacher on Nickelodeon’s “Fresh Beat Band.” You can also catch her – and her voice - on a new powerhouse all-female web series “All the Way to the Top.”

After graduating NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Monica Lee began her career on Broadway. Her debut was playing the role of Frenchy in the musical “Grease.”

She appeared alongside such stars as Jennifer Holliday, Jon Secada, Brooke Shields, and Adrian Zmed. Shortly after, she then shared the stage with Carol Channing in a Broadway national tour of “Hello, Dolly!” She played the bumbling hat girl Minnie Fay. This project holds a special place in her heart as it is where she met her husband of almost 20 years!

During her time in New York City, Monica Lee also worked off-Broadway in many other projects. One of her favorites was a project called “Have a Nice Life.” It starred comedian Rob Bartlett and Broadway star Emily Skinner. Monica Lee played opposite them as Maxine… Rob’s tough-as-nails New York agent.

Monica Lee currently resides on the West Coast and has appeared on television in “Bones”, “The Mindy Project”, “Melissa & Joey”, “Wizards of Waverly Place”, “The Class”, “Related” and “The Simpsons.” She is also very active in the voice over and animation worlds. She can be heard on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon,, plus numerous films and video games for LucasArts.

Monica Lee is married to Michael Shames and has one teenage son named Sammy, and one adorable pug named Izzy Bee.

Experiencing motherhood has made Monica Lee a passionate fundraiser for children. While she pursues work in the entertainment industry, She finds great pride in leading fundraising efforts at her son’s school, raising over $200,000 the past few years.

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