Monsay grew up in North London and studied at a local comprehensive school. She graduated from St. Mary's University in 2009 with a degree in Drama and Performance.

In 2007, she embarked on an acting career when she landed the role of Marie in Yard Gal, and she took up writing in 2012, after taking part in the Lyric Young Writers class. Her play Hand to Mouth was developed by/shown at the Lyric Hammersmith, and chosen by Simon Stephens as part of Theatre 503's 'Playwright Presents' scheme.

As part of her role as playwright associate artist for Nabokov, Monsay wrote Box Clever, which was produced by Nabokov and Paines Plough and had a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe in 2017.

Monsay is under commission to the Royal Court, and is writing her first TV show with Sister Pictures, having completed their Writer-in-Residence scheme.

She is currently living in London with her daughter.




In development with the Royal Court

Royal Court
Producer Liz Counsell
Director Stef O'Driscoll
  • Monsay Whitney
  • Avi Simmons
  • Paines Plough and Nabokov/Edinburgh Fringe 2017
    Hand to Mouth
    Longlisted for the Bruntwood and Verity Bargate prize in 2017
    Producer Simon Stephens
    Director Stef O'Driscoll
    Hammersmith Lyric/ Theatre 503
    Producer Anna Niland
    Director Carolina Giammetta

    New Commission from the National Youth Theatre working with disadvantaged young people. 

    National Youth Theatre
    Producer Royal Court/English Stage Company
    Writer Monsay Whitney

    10 minute play for presentation as part of the Royal Court’s, Beyond the Court programme in Tottenham.

    Royal Court Pop up venue, Tottenham
    Producer Paines Plough/Tamasha
    Writer Monsay Whitney

    New play as part of the Paines Plough/Tamasha 'Come to Where i'm From' project, where playwrights are invited to write a short play about the place they grew up. 

    One man reflects upon his upbringing in 1980's Finsbury Park as the son of an Irish traveller.

    Park Theatre



    Adaptation of her own play into TV. 

    Sister Pictures
    In Development