Monique Garrelts

Mechanical Designer

Monique Garrelts joined EPS in 2021 as Mechanical Designer. Starting out in the mechanical engineering field, Monique gained a strong foundation in drafting and automation before finding her calling in theatre design. She paired her love of entertainment with travel, working as a drafter for museum exhibits in Australia and designing scenic elements for Broadway shows in New York. Monique returned to the west coast, where she received her MFA in Technical Direction from CalArts and worked with WDI before bringing her extensive body of experience to EPS.

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, San Diego

MFA in Technical Direction, California Institute of the Arts

First introduction to the industry:

While at UCSD, I took an unpaid internship at the La Jolla Playhouse in Scenic Arts, and I couldn’t see myself in any other industry. I was always interested in the arts, but this was the first time I realized that this could be my career.

What I listen to at work:

Movie soundtracks like Hans Zimmer for when I need to focus, musical soundtracks like Hamilton when I’m cranking out drawings, cafe-style music like Sara Bareilles any time.

Dream Vacation:

I love to travel and see new places and try new things. I would love to go back to New Zealand. The people and culture, the landscape and climate, so beautiful. A dream vacation would be on an island, but the beach, all day every day. I’ve been to Aruba and O’ahu, and I loved both. So a new island would be fantastic.

When I'm not at work...

I’m hanging out with my 2 dogs, making or enjoying art, or spending time at the punching bag.