What are Monologue classes for actors?

A monologue class looks at the inner workings of a role by looking at a monologue, a defining speech the character has in the script. A monologue audition is the performance of a monologue section.

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A compelling monologue invites the audience into a new reality and gives them clues about the character and the story. This requires the full and vivid imagination of the actor, applied in a short piece. Monologue classes can help actors do this well. Researching the historical, psychological, and emotional aspects of a role is essential. You must also look for aspirational details. How can a piece be played with new layers of complexity, or an unexpected, beautiful new twist? Many monologues fall flat because the character doesn’t go through something, or change or grow. In monologue classes, actors prepare compelling pieces that will highlight their strengths.

Why are Monologue Classes important for the professional actor from Brooklyn NY?

Preparing for a career as a serious actor is vastly different than preparing for a job in any other industry. Monologues are instrumental in making the right first impression with those who have the power to give you real, paid work. In essence, this is quite often how an actor “interviews” for a job, so learning how to monologue is crucial. By studying how to prepare and perform audition monologues in a class led by a professional coach, you can prepare for the professional world. Why are monologues so important?

As the Executive Director and Head of Acting at Maggie Flanigan Studio, Charlie Sandlan oversees this critical aspect of professional preparation:

“As the Executive Director of the studio, my faculty and I spend a good deal of time in the second year helping acting students prepare for the professional world. Finding, selecting, and crafting a great audition monologue is an essential part of that training.”

A fantastic monologue is a powerful weapon for auditions. It may be the only way an interested manager, agent, casting team, or director will get a sense of what you are capable of. Eventually, actors build a resume and demo reel and may find they are asked to audition less often, but in general, even well-known actors are asked to read for parts. Until you reach that level of professionalism, a monologue class will help you craft, polish, and perform the right pieces as you launch your career and prepare for auditions.

What Makes A Good Audition Monologue?

Serious actors should have at least two contrasting monologues, audition scripts that highlight their versatility. Having seven to ten is even better. When auditioning, if what you have prepared is not what the decision-makers are looking for, they may ask if you have anything else prepared. Of course, the answer should be yes. Developing several monologues is hard work, but if it puts you ahead of hundreds of other actors who haven’t done their homework, it’s well worth it.

A good monologue is hard to find and even harder to master. In this class, we’ll help you identify your strengths as an actor and guide you into finding monologue material that highlights those strengths. It begins with hours and hours of research, as you watch well-written film and tv work, and pore over plays and playwrights. An award-winning play or film may have profound text, but it won’t necessarily have a memorable, or viable monologue in it. The monologue material you choose must stand alone with a beginning, middle, and end. There should be a nice story arc in the segment selected, an arc that works apart from the main arc of the story. Can you live through something in the piece you have chosen? Does the monologue go somewhere new or unexpected? This requires actors that know how to craft. In our Monologue Class, we guide students through this critical process of researching, adapting, and performing excellent monologues that will land them an agent, and roles.

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We work with our students to create individual monologues and unique audition techniques that suit them. A monologue must allow for spontaneity of thought and have a sense of discovery, and a personal circumstance that people can relate to. Students in our monologue class learn about actions, line intention, and how to use imagination to create a relationship while working solo. Untrained actors tend to look off in some vague direction as they do a monologue, but life isn’t like that. Acting can’t be either. A Meisner actor that has completed our monologue class can take text and transform it into a new reality, presenting unanticipated moments, truthful behavior, and vivid imagination. This requires the craft and technique students learn in Acting 1 & 2, so our two-year students are good candidates for the class.

Monologues should include a mix of material so that you can highlight comic, dramatic, or serio-comic abilities. Once mastered, actors must continue to work on their monologues all the time. They might be needed at a moment’s notice, so keeping them sharp is essential. Meisner training requires playing off of, and responding to others, rather than focusing on yourself. This gives a sense of freedom and vitality to the work. How does one play off of others in a solo monologue? We teach students how to craft from another person’s responses, even if they are not there.

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Monologue development requires a solid grounding in acting technique, with exceptional movement, voice, and presence. You alone are responsible for creating a new reality in a short time frame when you audition, so you must be prepared.

The Monologue Class at Maggie Flanigan Studio is integrated into our two year acting program, the Professional Actor Training Program (PAPT). In addition to Acting, Movement, and Voice, students also take Script Analysis, Film History, and Theater History. These classes ensure that students become well-rounded actors, but they also give students the knowledge needed to prepare excellent monologues and land the roles they are passionate about.

Admission into the two-year program requires an interview with Executive Director and Head of Acting Charlie Sandlan. To learn more about the Monologue class or our various program tracks, visit us online or call the studio during regular business hours at (917) 789-1599.

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The Maggie Flanigan Studio offers professional training for serious actors from Brooklyn NY as well as these New York, NY areas:

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