SEPTEMBER 21 - 29, 2020
Compete against your peers, while receiving valuable, constructive feedback from our expert panel of judges!
We are proud to partner with Audition Arts, a unique, intensive program that equips actors with the tools to create and master an individualized audition process
The National Monologue Slam is committed to providing a safe, supportive, nurturing opportunity for actors of all ages and experience to learn and grow in their craft. Each master class and competition will provide opportunities to meet and learn from industry professionals, and to have fun doing so. Everyone is welcome to participate, no matter your experience or talent level. We are here to help you along in your path as a performer!
The National Monologue Slam has compiled a team of leading entertainment industry professionals, including actors, directors, writers, casting directors, agents, managers and Tony Award-winning producers, who wish to pass their knowledge along to you and help you reach your goals.
The National Monologue Slam offers the rare opportunity for actors to showcase their dramatic and comedic chops, and musical theatre singers to showcase their pipes, directly in front of professional agents, casting directors, and producers.
NEW DATES!!! The 1st Virtual Slam will be held via Zoom September 21 - 29, 2020.
September 21 & 22 Elimination Round. Performers will be given a day and time within these dates to showcase their best audition. You will be one of a group of performers auditioning that day, so allow 60-90 minutes following your call time for introductions, instructions, rules, and others to perform.
September 28 Semi-Final Round. The top 20 performers from the Elimination Round will have the opportunity to move on to this round.
September 29 Final Round & Awards. Finalists will compete against the best of the best for some fabulous prizes.
Comedic Monologue: 60 second time limit from any source including theatre, film, TV, or original.
Dramatic Monologue: 60 second time limit from any source including theatre, film, TV, or original.
Musical Theatre Song: 90 second time limit from any published musical. Songs can be performed acapella, or with recorded or live musical accompaniment provided by the participant. Vocal enhancement and/or augmentation (Auto-Tune, etc.) is strictly prohibited.
Multiple Entries: Subject to space availability, individuals may perform multiple monologues or songs in the Competition.
Prices are subject to change without notice and all entries are subject to availability. The September 2020 Online Competition pricing structure is as follows:
Competition Pass $25 each.
Additional Competition Entries $15 each, and must accompany purchase of a Competition Pass.
Observer Pass $10 each.
Individual Prep Class $15 per 15 minutes
GROUP PREP CLASS One Group Prep Class is included in the price of a Competition Pass. The goal of the Group Prep Class is to provide helpful guidance, feedback, and answers to our participants in advance of the competition. One or more National Monologue Slam staff members will moderate this class.
INDIVIDUAL PREP CLASS Private, one-on-one, online coaching sessions are available by request for an additional fee, subject to time availability, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Scoring will be judged based on several factors and are subject to change. Sample criteria may include:
Character Development: Understanding of the Piece, Emotional Tone, Portrayal of Character, Believability
Vocal Work: Dialect, Enunciation/Articulation (comedic & dramatic only), Projection, Pitch (musical only), Musicality (musical only)
Overall Presentation: Degree of Difficulty, Highlighted a Range of Talent (comedic & dramatic only), Confidence, Clarity, Physical Expression
Overall Effect: Captures Attention, Engaging
Technical Elements: Sound Quality, Lighting Quality, Setting, Video Quality, Framing
Judges are subject to change without notice, and will always consist of no less than three (3) industry professionals in varying fields, including but not limited to directors, casting directors, musical directors, talent agents, producers, and working professional actors. Each competition participant will receive a written critique from each judge in the form of a score card, plus personalized notes that may include constructive and positive feedback.
Awards will be given to the top performers in each category and division, subject to a minimum number of entries to be determined.
Please click below to read the complete list of Rules & Regulations.
The National Monologue Slam started in 2003 as the Manhattan Monologue Slam, a monthly, live, in-person event that attracted dozens of entertainment gurus and celebrities, as well as thousands of adoring fans and participants. In 2015, we evolved into the National Monologue Slam, holding day-long local and regional events, offering a more comprehensive educational experience. Now, in 2020, we are going virtual with our first entirely digital competition!
From Illeana Douglas to Barry “Shabaka” Henley to Roger Guenveur Smith to Jay O. Sanders to Erica Ash to Quinton Aaron to the Haussmann twins, The Slam has been host to some of the world's best talent!
Here are just a few of our A-list judges from Slams past:
Audition Arts is an intensive program that equips trained actors with the tools to create and master an individualized audition process. It gives students the freedom to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances in the audition room in order to create successful auditions.
The class is taught by U-Shin Kim, the head agent of UGA Talent who represents clients both theatrically and for commercial/print. Over time he has developed methods and techniques to help his clients increase their booking rate and has developed the structure of this class to standardize the curriculum of Audition Arts.
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