The Monologue Project (TMP) is an online resource featuring 30 original monologues from nationally recognized playwrights. TMP aims to increase the number of audition-length monologues for Women of the African Diaspora and celebrate their impact on theater and the world. We join in solidarity with the woman-driven activism of movements like Black Lives Matter, acknowledging the essential role of black women in America. We also acknowledge those women who have already contributed to this canon and who have paved the way for other writers and actors.
A Message Regarding Use
The Monologue Project was created to fill the very real need for suitable audition material for Women of the African Diaspora performing in the professional theatre. Participating playwrights recognized that need, and having a desire to be of service to Women of the African Diaspora in the theatre community, answered the call. These playwrights have generously offered their work to The Monologue Project for the purposes of providing audition material only. Actors in search of an audition piece are able to download a monologue, royalty-free. Please remember to credit the playwright for their work and keep in mind that because the work is copyrighted, you are not allowed to alter the text in any way. As to the question of a royalty (payment to the playwright), in this instance, a royalty is not required because auditions are typically closed to the public. However, should you wish to perform the monologue in a public setting, whether an admission fee is charged or not, you are advised to seek the permission of the playwright or his/her representative and may be asked to pay a royalty at that time. You are never allowed to videotape or record the work.
Founding playwrights for The Monologue Project include (in alphabetical order): Mando Alvarado, Chrystal Bates, France-Luce Benson, N’Jameh Camara, Zina Camblin, Kia Corthron, Gethsemane Herron-Coward, LeKeithia Dalcoe, William Duell, Kim El, Alesia Etinoff, Amy Evans, Rob Florence, Imani Maryahm Harrington, Dave Harris, Yona Harvey, Yvette Heyliger, Chisa Hutchinson, Levi Jelks, Christine Toy Johnson, Jewell McPherson, Dominique Morisseau, Ife Olujobi, Maxie Rockymore, Bianca Sams, Mark Southers, Daniel Talbott, Cori Thomas, Pamela Turner, Mfoniso Udofia, Bria Walker, Keith Wallace, Amy Gijsbers van Wijk, Pia Wilson, and Charlayne Woodard.