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Autistic and Proud!: Interview with Artist Stephanie J. Monis

Updated: May 3, 2022

April is National Autism Acceptance Month. This month we had the opportunity to talk with Stephanie J. Monis, an Autistic Creative. She shared with us about being autistic, her journey in the theatrical and fine arts, and her goals for the future.

Stephanie smiles, facing forward, holding out her black dress to curtsy, she standing in front of palm trees
Stephanie smiles, facing forward, holding out her black dress to curtsy


LFL: Welcome Stephanie. Thanks for Joining us. I don’t know if you know, but it is Autism Acceptance Month. Would you like to chat a bit about that?

Stephanie: It’s this month?

LFL: Yes, it’s this month.

Stephanie: Wow.

LFL: I know. April is here so soon. Would you like to introduce yourself and say who you are and what you like?

Stephanie: Yeah. My name is Stephanie J. Monis. I am almost 33. I have about a month until I’m 33. I like to do my iPad. I like to do the computer. I love to do jewelry. I have my own jewelry business.

LFL: That’s cool!

Stephanie: Yeah. What I do is I… with the jewelry business I have my own office. So, what I do is I pick the beads, pick the designs, and then I bead and I just go to work.

LFL: Cool! How did you get into the jewelry making? Why did you start doing that?

Stephanie: I just like beading. There’s just a part about beading that I just really like.

LFL: Is it very calming?

Stephanie: Yeah.

LFL: So how did you start getting into it as a business?

Stephanie: I just thought to myself: “What if I had my own business – beading business?” because I like beading.

LFL: And then you just started doing it, right?

Stephanie: Yeah.

LFL: Cool. I know that you are a very creative person. Are there other types of creative things that you do too?

Stephanie: I like to color.

LFL: You like to color. What do you like to color?

Stephanie: I have a Troll Hunter book that I like to color.

LFL: Okay. I know you also are very involved in theatre and drama.

Stephanie: Yeah.

LFL: Do you want to tell me a little bit about your theatre and drama?

Stephanie: Well, I used to go to a program called “Arms Wide Open”, and I no longer do that. I go to a program called “New Village Arts” now.

LFL: And so, what do you like about theatre.

Stephanie: It’s just, well, I like acting.

LFL: Yeah, why?

Stephanie: I just love it.

LFL: You just love it? It’s just a lot of fun to act?

Stephanie: Yeah.

LFL: Do you ever write your own plays?

Stephanie: I actually wrote one.

LFL: You did. What was it about?

Stephanie: It’s about Oliver Twist and Annie.

LFL: Okay, so you combined the concepts?

Stephanie: It’s called “Come Away with Me, Annie Twist: The Musical”.

LFL: That sounds like a lot of fun!

Stephanie: Yeah, it’s a lot of fun.

LFL: Has it been performed?

Stephanie: Not yet.

LFL: It’s still coming out? A Stephanie Monis Original. That sounds really neat. So, you’re going to keep working on building your beading business and keep working on your theatre?

Stephanie: Yeah.

LFL: Do you have a favorite performance that you have been in so far?

Stephanie: My first one with “Arms Wide Open” would have to be Wizard of Oz.

LFL: Wizard of Oz? Which role were you?

Stephanie: I played Store-man’s Wife, Apple Tree Dancer, and Glenda.