Posted March 30, 2023

Announcing Winners of the Third Annual High School Monologue Competition

AT&T Performing Arts Center Announces Winner of Third Annual High School Monologue Competition

Contestants competed against 73 other North Texas 9-12th graders for cash prizes up to $1,000

(DALLAS) – The nonprofit, AT&T Performing Arts Center hosted its third annual Virtual Monologue Competition open to all 9th-12th grade students across North Texas. All contestants were made up of 22 schools across 15 North Texas school districts. After 74 submissions were received, the top 10 finalists were selected to and given one-on-one coaching as well as the opportunity to have their monologue professionally filmed. Finalist were also invited to attend an exclusive awards ceremony and screening of the top entries.

The Grand Prize Winner is Steven Young from Tyler Legacy High School, who will receive our $1,000 cash prize. Second place winner is Brenna Marie Stewart from Kings Harvest Homeschool Collective, who will receive a $500 cash prize. Third place winner is Lindi Hillborn from Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, who will receive a $250 cash prize. Lastly, tied for fourth place this year are Sidney Haywood and Cooper Campbell from Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, who will both receive a $100 cash prize.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to compete in the Virtual Monologue Competition,” said winner Steven Young. “I plan on continuing to expand my career in performing and this was another step towards my final destination. Thank you so much for this incredible experience!”

This year’s winners were chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of diverse judges:

  • Denise Lee, Award winning actress and singer
  • Jonathan Norton, Playwright in Residence at Dallas Theater Center
  • Tiffany Solano, Member of the Diane and Hal Brierly Resident Acting Company

Three years ago, arts educators wanted alternate opportunities for students to perform during the pandemic, so the Center decided to launch the annual competition with the help and support of the Center’s education offerings. The Center continues to encourage students who plan to study theatre at the collegiate level to use the Virtual Monologue Competition as an opportunity to begin preparing their audition video submissions. The competition requirements and filming guidelines have intentionally been made flexible to allow students to follow the audition requirements for the college programs they wish to pursue. Special thanks to Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation, Texas Commission of the Arts, The National Endowment of the Arts, and the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture who continue to support the Center’s education programming.

For more information on this year and next year’s virtual monologue competition please visit: