Monica Viani


Monica has been a professional theatrical millinery artist since 1995. Since then, Monica has crafted countless hats and accessories for numerous large and small-scale theatrical productions, ballets, operas and fashion runways. Notable Canadian clients include The Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Mirvish Productions, National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Jorgen Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, among others. Her work has appeared in numerous Broadway and touring productions, on the big screen and on television (including Hulu productions A Handmaid's Tale/Season 1, American Gods and Star Trek Discovery’s upcoming Season 3). US clients include Radio City Music Hall, Kinky Boots the Musical, Aladdin on Broadway, Something Rotten, and Lion King the Musical (NYC, US National Tour, Las Vegas, Sydney, Australia, Mexico City and Shanghai, China productions). Teaching credits include Ryerson University's Fashion and Theatre Schools, as well as many others.

Monica Viani is the proud recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award (1998) and graciously acknowledges The Stratford Festival for providing an incredibly supportive and inspiring training ground during the first years of this wonderful career.  She is also grateful for the generosity of knowledge and mentorship she received in the early days of her career; from her peers.  Teaching theatre arts with OTW is a rare and wonderful opportunity to pay this generosity forward.


After spending more than a decade in Toronto, Monica now resides in Stratford, Ontario; where she continues to own and operate a professional theatrical millinery studio.

Hat created by Monica Viani from a design by Gregg Barnes for Broadway's Something Rotten!

Hat for the Shaw Festival's production of Ragtime designed by Sue LePage and created by Monica Viani

Headpiece for the Shaw Festival's production of Cabaret designed by Judith Bowden and created by Monica Viani