High School and Young Adult Monologue Contest

CALLING EDUCATORS, BUSINESS LEADERS, AND ARTISTS YOUNG AND OLD!  Spectrum Theatre Company and members from the Austin Black Googlers Network spent several weeks this summer hosting a wide range of young people who participated in the launch of Spectrum’s “Master Class with the Stars.”  This unique initiative puts everyday folks face to face with celebrity and professional artists and entertainers for awesome learning experiences.  The launch was designed in part to prepare youth participants for Spectrum’s city-wide Youth and Young Adult Monologue Contest happening on September 30, 2017 at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex.

Registration for the Youth and Young Adult Monologue Contest is FREE and open to Austin area high school and college students.  Contestants will perform a 2-4 minute monologue of their choice and cash prizes will be rewarded to the top performers. Individuals from Google and Huston-Tillotson University will also join Spectrum in a panel discussion to talk about outcomes from the summer master classes and how the program can connect more and more youth and adults with stars in the future.  The panel will also address technology’s role in theater and education.  FREE giveaways from Accelerate with Google will be available to those who attend.

The Master Class with the Stars series has leveraged Google technology in the process of connecting at-risk youth with working theater professionals for theater training, and will be extended to adults as well.  Spectrum and Accelerate with Google are working together with the goal of combining technology with theater to create uniquely empowering learning experiences for the students who participate.  This collaboration promotes digital inclusion and provides an experience capable of boosting the life and career trajectories of students.

The Youth Monologue Contest will have both a preliminary and final round starting at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm respectively, followed by the panel discussion at 2:30 pm.  There will also be a concert performance of Rosetta at 7:30 pm.  All events are FREE and open to the entire family.  Contest registration is still open for all interested in competing. For more information email spectrumtheatreco@gmail.comEducators, School Leaders, Business Leaders and Career Artists are encouraged to attend the panel discussion to learn about an exciting opportunity to integrate theater education and technology to connect people and classrooms with stars.  Watch a sneak peak of the program.




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.