32 actors. 1 bracket.
last actor standing takes home $1000!
Vaughn Midder, Champion
Monologue Madness 2018
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 100 actors audition at our open call. Only 32 make the cut into a single-elimination tournament bracket.
Two weeks later, on Championship Thursday, 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 2019, celebrating it's 7th anniversary, returns to the beautiful & historic Miracle Theatre, Thursday, March 21st.
Actor registration opens at 3pm on February 6, and audience tickets go on sale, Monday, February 11.
Open Call Selection Sunday
March 3, 2019
Arena Stage, Washington, DC
Adrienne Nelson, Actress, SAG-AFTRA | AEA
Nan Ficca, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
March 21, 2019
The Miracle Theatre, Washington, DC
Kimberly Skyrme, Kimberly Skyrme Casting
John Pallotta, John Pallotta Studio of Acting
Stevie Zimmerman, Director
Bill Coughlin, Tohubohu Productions
Tim Caggiano, Actor, SAG-AFTRA | AEA
Fatima Quander, Actress, SAG-AFTRA | AEA
Congratulations Austin Farrow
2019 Monologue Madness Champion, Washington, DC
...and this year's Final Four
Tunde Sho, Runner-Up
Amanda Tudor, Final Four
Karolina Keach, Final Four
Click to view the 2019 Final DC Bracket !
2019 Photo & Video Highlights Coming Soon!
Due to overwhelming interest from coast-to-coast,
we are taking the competition on the road!
Our next city will be ATLANTA, GA in the fall of 2019 !
Actors, Directors, Theatre & Film Fans! We can't wait to see you there!
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