Virtual Monologue Competition

Presented by the Harry W. Bass Foundation

The winners of this high school acting competition gets a cash prize — and the top 10 contestants earn amazing professional development opportunities.

A teen boy gives a monologue onstage

About the competition

Calling all North Texas high school students interested in acting!

Submit a monologue to the Center’s Virtual Monologue Competition for the chance to win a $1,000 cash prize. The top 10 finalists receive one-on-one coaching and the opportunity for their monologue to be professionally filmed.

Students planning to study theatre in college are encouraged to use this as an opportunity to prepare their application material. The requirements are broad so students can align their submissions with the audition requirements at the colleges where they’re applying.

Deadline: Apply by Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

Eligibility: Students must currently be enrolled in grades 9-12. Only one submission per student.

Guidelines and tips


• Do not slate, i.e., do not introduce yourself at the beginning of the recording.

• Do not use costumes or props.

• Do not use technical elements, including sets, lighting or sound design, or special effects.

Filming recommendations:

Follow industry expectations of a standard audition, including the following:

• Record in a quiet location with reasonable acoustics. Clear audio is key, so try to avoid echoes.

• Use a space with adequate lighting that enables the judges to see your face clearly.

• If using a smartphone, shoot in landscape mode by positioning the phone on a tripod or another solid, stationary surface.

Submission directions: Upload your 60-second monologue to YouTube as an unlisted video. Provide the link to your video in your application form.

Results: Finalists will be announced during the spring semester of 2024.

A teen girl performing a monologue