Socially Distanced Monologue Slam (SDMS)

West Liberty University will host a socially distanced monologue slam for the students in the state of West Virginia and surrounding counties.  Submissions will be accepted until March 5th and winners will be selected by professional panel of judges (see below) and announced on March 12, 2021. 

First Prize – $500 for Outstanding Performer 
Second Prize – $250 for Distinguished Performer 
Third Prize – $125 for Outstanding Classical performance (Shakespeare or other verse monologue)
Fourth Prize – $125 for Socially Relevant Performance (think Equality, BLM, Global Warming, etc.) 

Who is eligible?

Any student who is currently a junior or senior in the state of West Virginia or in the surrounding counties in the metro region of West Liberty (complete list available upon request). 

Registration Information

SDMS Registration is now open.  Deadline for SDMS will be March 1, 2021 (11:59 PM). Click HERE (this links to the registration form)  to register (you do not need to upload your performances at the time of registration). 

More detailed rules/guidelines/format is provided below, but in general students will need to upload two 2 contrasting monologues (90 seconds max for each monologue).

SDMS Recording Rules

  • Slate your monologue with the title of plays and playwrights.  DO NOT SLATE YOUR NAME OR SCHOOL AFFILIATION.
  • Each monologue submission should be no longer than 90 seconds.  Your time does not include slating the piece or ending with a “thank you.”
  • Monologues can be submitted in Google Drive, Youtube, or Vimeo. 
  • Monologues must be submitted no later than March 5, 2020 (11:59PM). 
  • Singers can choose to include a 16-24 bar cut of a musical, or musical adjacent song.  Singers should sing a cappella or to a simple piano track. 

Audition Recording Recommendations

  • You are not being assessed on your video technology or filming techniques.  Selectors for the auditions will be instructed to disregard video/audio quality as a determining factor.
  • Think about framing.  How is best to frame your piece?  i.e. Headshot, waist-up, full-body.  This will be your choice based off the needs of the performance.  AGAIN – no camera moves.  All monologue should be filmed from a fixed position with no pans, tilts, movements, or zooming
  • Think about lighting.  Lighting should be general without lighting changes.  Make certain that light reveals your form appropriately.  Natural light is often favorable.  Back/side light helps to reveal forms.  Dramatic lighting choices will not be considered by the selectors.  This audition is to focus solely on your acting – not technical elements.
  • It is recommended that you limit prop usage and use generic furniture.  This is an audition, not a play performance.  Again, technical choices will be disregarded.
  • Your monologues should be contrasting.  Consider contrasting styles (serious, comic, contemporary, classical), but also consider contrasting physicalization that requires contrasting video framing (i.e. full-body movement vs. shoulders/head frame that would restrict movement).
  • It is recommended that you place your camera at eye-level of the performer.

Are you ready to submit your monologue?

If you have registered for the Socially Distanced Monologue Slam and you’re ready to submit the materials for your monologue, click here.

Meet the Judges

Brian Myers Cooper

Brian Myers Cooper  is a professional actor of 30+ years, as well as a writer, director, acting teacher and coach. His performing career has ranged from the most modest to the pinnacle of Equity contracts, from outdoor theatre to Broadway tours, with performances in all fifty states. In 2015, he created and performed SONNET PLAY, a story of the heart told entirely through Shakespeare’s sonnets. Over the years, he’s studied extensively with notable NYC teachers in Meisner, on-camera technique, commercial technique, Alexander, and Linklater Voice, including multiple stints with Shakespeare & Co in the Berkshires. He has coached his clients to jobs on TV, Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, major regional theaters, and placement in graduate school programs.  

Mr. Myers Cooper has served on the national Council and Eastern Regional Board of Actor’s Equity Association for more than 13 years, and he serves as a trustee of the Equity-League Pension & Health Funds. He is the proud holder of a BA in Music Education (vocal and instrumental) from WLSC (’88). He lives in New York City with his husband. 

Leonard House

Leonard House has been a Chicago theatre artist for the last twenty years. He has worked in all aspects of the discipline: acting, writing, and producing. He has performed for a variety of companies, including Congo Square, American Theatre Company, ETA Creative Arts, and MPAACT where he is also a company member and the current Literary Manager. As a playwright, Leonard had success with his first play ONE FOR THE ROAD , which garnered him a BTAA nomination.  He is currently working on his second play, THE 18TH. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville (MFA), and Dillard University (BA).

Randy Blair

Randy Blair is an award winning American musical theatre creator and screenwriter, in addition to being an actor in Broadway musicals. Current commissioned projects include, POP GOES THE WORLD, a musical about the creation of MTV with BMG Music; ROLE OF A LIFETIME, a Hollywood musical with Tony winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell; MUSE OF FIRE, a biographical film about Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow; and the immersive musical cirque experience THE B-52’S THING.  He has also written original musicals for the Tony Award winning Vineyard Theatre (GIGANTIC), the Public Theatre/Joe’s Pub (BURN IT TO THE GROUND), and the Barrow Street Theatre (PEREZ HILTON SAVES THE UNIVERSE), as well as the Fuse/truTV series BILLY ON THE STREET.  Randy holds the distinction of being the first person to ever play Elton John on Broadway (AMELIE). He is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and is represented by International Creative Management and Mosaic Media Group. 

For more information or questions, please contact Michael Aulick at [email protected].

Socially Distanced Monologue Slam Registration

  • You may upload a Head Shot image as a JPG, GIF, PNG, or PDF file. Files must be no larger than 10MB.
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  • You may upload your resume, as a Word document DOC, DOCX or a PDF. File must be no larger than 10MB.
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