Monica Lee Gradischek is best known for her role as Ms. Piccolo, the snappy quick witted music teacher on Nickelodeons “Fresh Beat Band.”
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 fifteen 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. Her latest project was voicing an elderly woman in the Russian animated feature “Quackerz.”
Currently, Monica Lee’s voice can be heard as various characters on ABC Mouse.com, a learning website for young children.
Monica Lee is married to Michael Shames and has one ten–year-old son named Sammy, and one plus size model pug named Burger.
Experiencing motherhood has made Monica Lee a passionate fundraiser for children. While she pursues work in the entert-ainment industry, She finds great pride in leading “The Silent Auction” at her son’s school, St. Charles Borromeo in North Hollywood, California.