Get up to 90 seconds to perform your monologue, compete against your peers for valuable prizes, including the recently added $90 cash prize money, and a chance to perform in the annual Championship, all while receiving written and verbal feedback from our expert panel of judges, plus an incredible Virtual Gift Bag valued at over $400! Space is limited, sign up now!
This low fee gets you one competition entry into our :30 Slam and a chance to win $30 cash prize money, and a spot in next month's Full Competition! Space is limited so register today!
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.
Our next Virtual Slam will be held via Zoom May 25, 2021 at 4:00pm EDT. Please allow 2 to 2.5 hours for intros, full and :30 second competitors, feedback, and awards. The Slam will now be held monthly until the end of 2021 and consist of two competition categories!
FULL :90 COMPETITION You will compete against others in the Full Competition Category, receiving verbal and written feedback, Virtual Gift Bag, a chance to win valuable prizes, and a chance to advance to the annual Championship.
:30 COMPETITION You will compete against others in the :30 Competition Category, with a chance to win a free spot in next month's Full Competition.
FULL COMPETITION: Strictly enforced 90 second time limit from any source including theatre, film, TV, or original. Can be either dramatic or comedic in nature.
:30 COMPETITION: Strictly enforced 30 second time limit from any source including theatre, film, TV, or original. Can be either dramatic or comedic in nature.
Multiple Entries: Subject to space availability, individuals may perform multiple monologues in either Competition for an additional entry fee.
Prices are subject to change without notice and all entries are subject to availability. The 2021 Online Competition pricing structure is as follows:
Full Competition Pass $39 each.
:30 Competition Pass $9 each.
Observer Pass $9 each. Not quite ready to perform yet? Check out what the Slam is like, while learning valuable audition lessons from the pros and your peers. Just complete the entry form for the :30 Competition and enter "observer" as your monologue title.
Individual Prep Class $15 per 15 minutes. Please contact email@example.com for details.
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. You are welcome to join us for the Group Prep Class even if you are on the fence and want to learn more! Please CLICK HERE to register for the Group Prep Class to be held Sunday, April 25 at 5:00pm EDT. Register now, as space is limited!
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.
A written score card will be provided for each Full Competition Entry only. Scoring will be judged based on several factors and are subject to change. :30 Competition participants do not receive a written score card. Sample criteria for the Full Competition score cards 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 Full 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. The May 2021 Slam will feature Casting Director Jeffrey Dreisbach of McCorkle Casting, plus 2 special guests judges.
Every Full Competition participant will receive valuable gifts, just for joining! The May 2021 Virtual Gift Bag includes:
In addition, Awards will be given to the top performers in the Full Competition, subject to a minimum number of entries to be determined. Winners will receive one choice of the following:
Please click below to read the complete list of Rules & Regulations.
Past contestants have great things to say about The Slam. Check out this video from November 2020 winner Nina Dicker!
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 an 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!
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