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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.
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.
The 1st Virtual Slam will be held via Zoom August 3 - 11, 2020.
August 3 - 6 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.
August 10 Semi-Final Round. The top 20 performers from the Elimination Round will have the opportunity to move on to this round.
August 11 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 Dates TBA 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 here to read the complete list of Rules & Regulations.
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