Information and Resources
For most high school theater/drama auditions, students will be
asked to prepare two (2), one-two minute monologues. The monologue
characters should be age appropriate. The two monologues should
differ in style, for example one comic and one dramatic. All
monologues should be from published plays. Original student
writing or internet monologue material is not appropriate.
Generally, classical theater or verse such as Shakespeare is
discouraged unless the student can reveal real facility with
Students should be coached on the presentation of the monologue
for dramatic understanding, characterization, diction and clarity
of communication. If you have an in-school theater teacher, ask
for assistance with your preparation. An English teacher may
also be able to help.
Students should also be prepared to announce their name, monologue
selection and the playwright. For example:
“My name is .
I will be performing one of Anne’s monologues from The
Diary of Anne Frank
by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.”
Costume and prop pieces are not appropriate for auditions. The
auditioner/teacher wants to see the student to get a feel for
the student’s talent, interest and energy. Costumes and
props are a distraction.
Audition monologues are available from a variety of print and
published sources. Additionally, monologues that are taken directly
from plays and edited for your purposes are fine. Listed below
are some published monologue books to consider. These books are
readily available through amazon.com or the Drama Bookshop, 250
W 40th St, New York, NY 10018 (212) 944-0595.
Audition Monologs for Student Actors: Selections from Contemporary
by Roger Ellis (Editor)
Red Licorice: Monologues for Young People (Paperback)
by Carole Tippit
Monologues for Young Actors (Mass Market Paperback)
by Lorraine Cohen
100 Great Monologs: A Versatile Collection of Monologs, Duologs
and Triologs for Student Actors (Paperback)
by Rebecca Young
Multiplicity: A Collection of Monologues for Student Performance
by R. James Scott, Bianca Cowan
Students should also be prepared to answer questions about why
the want to be in a theater program and why the particular program
at that school. The auditioner will want to know that you are
committed to this school and the demands of a theater program.
students may be asked as part of the audition to participate
in theater games or improvisations in order to gauge their ability
to collaborate in a group and to be spontaneously creative.
If warranted, schools may call the student back for a separate
audition at which time the monologues may be presented again.
Typically, no additional preparation would be required.