Applicants prepare two contrasting one to two minute monologues. These monologues should be memorized and age appropriate. A list of suggested monologues can be found in the AUDITION section of our website. Your monologue does not have to be on the list.
Applicants will wear attire that allows for free movement. Applicants may be asked to participate in a group warm up. Applicants will perform the two prepared monologues. Adjudicators may ask applicants to stop their performance prior to the end of the monologue. Applicants may also be asked to complete a re-direct, an improvisational exercise, or a cold reading.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions – Drama
Q: What kind of monologue should I prepare?
A: Prepare 2 one-to-two minute, contrasting monologues, for example, 1 – comedic and 1 – dramatic, from published plays or monologue books, not television or movie scripts. The characters you are portraying should be young – close to your own age. Avoid playing characters with obvious physical or speech characteristics very different from your own. Monologues should not be verse or from classical works, such as Shakespeare or Moliere.
Q: Can I prepare something I’ve written myself or something that is not from a play?
A: No. Do not select pieces that you have written yourself or passages from novels, short stories, poems, or screenplays.
Q: How should I dress?
A: Wear something comfortable that you can move in. Avoid jewelry and costumes.
Q: Where can I find and/or purchase suggested plays or monologue books?
A: Please view the Suggested Drama Monologues, located in the sidebar on the right side of this page under Application Information. In addition, you may search online for 'Monologues for Teenagers' or visit the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library (with an entrance across the street from our school on Amsterdam Ave.)