High School and Young Adult Monologue Contest

The Spectrum Theatre Company in conjunct with The Capital City Black Film Festival presents its 2nd Annual High School and Young Adult Monologue Contest.

The event will take place August 18, 2017 at the Austin Convention Center. Preliminary rounds will begin at noon and finals begin at 4:30pm on the performance stage during the Capital City Black Film Festival.




Contestants will compete in one of two categories:

  1. The High School Competition will consist of high school students who have completed grades 9-12 during the 2016-17 school year.  Recently graduated high school seniors may compete in the young adult category if they have reached their 18th birthday by August 18, 2017, or they may choose to remain in the high school category.
  2. The Young Adult Competition will consist of young people who will reach the age of 18 by August 19, 2016 and will not reach the age of 23 on or before August 18, 2017.
Rules and Regulations

Each contestant will perform a 2-4 minute monologue of his or her choosing from a play or written work of their choice.  The selection can be a written speech or dialogue taken from one character within a scene, but should include a point-of-entry into the character and a personal connection to the selected material.  Contestants will be judged by a panel of Austin-area theatre professionals and educators on the basis of preparedness, understanding of the text, emotional connection to the material, and commitment to the performance.

Prizes and Awards

Five students from each category will be selected to participate in the final round.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 competitors in each category:

1st Prize $300.00
2nd Prize $200.00
3rd Prize $100.00

Winners will be announced the evening of August 19, 2017 during the 5th Annual Capital City Black Film Festival Awards event.  The first place finishers will perform their monologue on stage during the Awards event, which begins at 8:00 p.m.

Deadlines and Submissions

To be considered, participants must complete the application form and register on or before August 15, 2017. Applications may be completed online and email to: spectrumtheatreco@gmail.com or mailed to:

Spectrum Theatre Company
4101 Monticello Circle
Austin, Texas 78721

Note: Unsigned applications submitted electronically must be signed by the participant and/or their parent/guardian before the performance.

Download these rules.
Download the registration form.