Monologue Monday is a virtual monologue performance series, in collaboration with Borough of Manhattan Community College and North Carolina A&T State University.
We were very honored and excited to have these wonderful theater departments participate in our very first monologue competition! We are thankful that both institutions have contributed talented and dedicated artists; to help us continue to pursue our mission through these challenging times.
There were rounds of monologue competitions. Each round of monologues was centered around a different theme. We selected very specific themes, relative to today, and was the foundation for each monologue presented. The theme for Round 1 was Isolation. The theme for Round 2 was Peace. The theme for Round 3 was Injustice. A panel of judges reviewed the submissions each week and select a finalist, who’s winning monologue was presented on Tribeca PAC’s website.
As part of the last round, the three finalists returned to compete with a new monologue, based on the closing theme, Leadership. The grand prize winning monologue will be presented on screen as a “preview” prior to one of Tribeca PAC’s live Mainstage events, scheduled for 2021.
And the Grand Prize Winner is …
Tribeca PAC Monologue Monday Final Round Grand Prize Winner (theme: Leadership) with the performance from Ago by Mandy Connor.
The winners from Rounds 1, 2 and 3:
Bria O’Garro – Round 1 Winner Nov. 2 – (Theme: Isolation) with the performance from The Monologue Show by Don Zolidis
Chris Garcia – Round 2 Winner – Nov. 9 – (Theme: Peace)
with the performance from Suicide Incorporated by Andrew Hinderaker
Taylor Williams – Round 3 Winner – Nov 16 – (Theme: Injustice)
with the performance from ‘Information’ by Nicole Quinn
Special Thank You to our panelists.
Will Cooper: Account Executive, Strategic Sales & Marketing NBC Universal
April Matthis: Actress, New Amsterdam, Toni Stone
Lisanne Shaffer: Theatre Teacher/Director of Musical Theatre Brooklyn High School of the Arts
Monologue Monday finalists Bria O’Garro, Chris Garcia and Taylor Williams have been invited to attend the prestigious New Federal Theatre Acting Workshop this spring with instructors Arthur French, Petronia Paley and Charles Turner.
The workshop is designed for students who have completed NFT’s Introduction to Acting Workshop, or have equivalent training or professional experience. Our highly experienced faculty share their knowledge with hands-on training. New Federal Theatre (NFT) founded by Woodie King, Jr. in 1970, an outgrowth of a theatre program called Mobilization for Youth. This neighborhood-based professional theatre was originally funded by the Henry Street Settlement along with a small grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Many performers benefited from early successes on NFT’s stage, including the late Chadwick Boseman, Debbie Allen, Morgan Freeman, Phylicia Rashad, Denzel Washington, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Issa Rae, and many more.
Arthur French recently appeared on Broadway in A Trip To Bountiful with Cicely Tyson; other Broadway credits included, Dividing the Estate, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, You Can’t Take it With You, Death of A Salesman, The River Niger, The Iceman Cometh and Ain’t Supposed to Die A Natural Death. Petronia Paley is an award winning actor has worked in classical and contemporary theatre on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatre. She recently presented her one -person work On the Way to Timbuktu at Penumbra Theatre Company’s as part of the Claude Edison Purdy Festival in Saint Paul, MN. She is a member of the Actors Studio and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Charles Turner recently appeared on Broadway with Cicely Tyson in The Trip to Bountiful, opposite Leslie Uggams in On Golden Pond, and played “Gloucester” in Yale Reps. King Lear. He holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
Monologue Monday will return in 2021.