© 2011 by Monologue Madness, LLC. Trademark 2020.

32 actors. 1 bracket. 

5 rounds.

last actor standing takes home $1000!

Vaughn Midder, Champion

Monologue Madness 2018

2020 Promo Trailer:


Each spring,  as sports fans from across the nation flock to college basketball arenas, crazed actors and theatre fans from up and down the East Coast converge upon our nation’s capital to witness the phenomenon known as Monologue Madness.   Created in 2011 by actor and producer Edward Daniels, this annual acting competition has kept sold-out audiences on the edge of their seats and awarded over $15,000 to deserving acting talent.


On Selection Sunday, over 200 actors audition at our open call. Only 32 make the cut into a single-elimination tournament bracket.


Two weeks later, on Championship Monday, each actor arrives prepared with three of their best one-minute monologues, to perform before a live audience and a panel of judges.


The rounds are Comedy, Drama, and Classical. Taking the stage in pairs and scored individually by theatre, film, and casting professionals, one actor advances to the next round, while the other is eliminated.


For those actors breaking into the Final Four, the Cold Read Round, the evening becomes a bit more interesting. Actors are handed an unseen monologue and given just five minutes to prepare it before taking to the stage.


As only two actors remain in the Final Round our judges hand down a final adjustment leading up to the crowning of our champion, who walks away with $1000.


Monologue Madness 2020, celebrating it's 8th anniversary, comes to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Monday, March 23rd.


Actor registration opens at 9am on Wednesday, 1/8/20. 

Audience tickets go on sale, Monday, Jan 20, 2020.


2020 Info.E

Open Call Selection Sunday

March 15, 2020


Theatre TBD, Washington, DC

  • Judge 1, TBD

  • Judge 2, TBD

Championship Monday

March 23, 2020


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC

  • 2020 DC Casting Director JudgesPanel TBA

Congratulations Austin Farrow

2019 Monologue Madness Champion, Washington, DC

...and the DC 2019 Final Four

Tunde Sho, Runner-Up

Amanda Tudor, Final Four

Karolina Keach, Final Four

Special Announcement!


Monologue Madness Atlanta will take place during the fall of 2020. 


Please join our e-list at the bottom of the page and check back soon for
actor registration & audience ticket details!




Edward Daniels, Producer


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