Monologues for teens and youth @ Toronto Public Libary

April 4, 2011 | Irene G.

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Are you a teen with an audition?  Are you a teacher needing monologue ideas for young student actors?

It can be tough finding monologues for teens but the Performing Arts Department at the Toronto Reference Library can help.  Here are a few suggestions:


Actor's choice monologues for teens Actor's choice: Monologues for teens:

Features both modern and historical pieces  with realistic and candid dialogue giving teens the opportunity to use strong voices.  Also, nearly every monologue can be found at the Playscripts' website where nearly the entire play can be read for free.






Millennium monologs  95 contemporary characterizations for young actors Millennium monologs : 95 contemporary characterizations for young actors:

Organized by themes such as “hope and longing”, “fun and fantasy” and “doubt and despair”.  The introduction contains advice about overcoming stage fright and audition etiquette aimed at young actors.






Audition speeches for actors 16+ Audition Speeches for young actors 16+ :

Over 40 pieces that highlight recently produced plays.  The introduction contains useful information for teens about how to audition and advice on attending drama schools.







Perhaps you are looking for something Canadian?  Try these !


 Acting out scenes and monologues from Theatre Direct productions for youthActing out: Scenes and monologues from Theatre Direct productions for youth:

Honest and challenging work that engages social and personal issues relevant to teens. This book contains a selection of pieces from Theatre Direct’s teen drama productions over the last 30 years in Ontario.







Most plays will contain a few monologues.  Here are some Canadian play collections that have great monologues...


Things that go bump. Volume 2, Plays for young audiencesThings that go bump vols. 1 & 2:

Vol.1 contains recent Canadian plays which have toured schools across Canada.   Also included are interviews with the playwrights discussing the themes of each play.  Vol. 2 specializes in plays for younger audiences.






Festival voices plays written by students and teachers for the Sears Ontario Drama Festival Festival voices: plays written by students and teachers for the Sears Ontario Drama Festival:

Original plays featuring some of the best works created for the Sears Student Drama Festival over the last ten years.  Some of these plays contain unique monologues not found elsewhere.






Naked at school three plays for teens Naked at school: Three plays for teens:

Three plays dealing with issues such as pregnancy, alcohol abuse, suicide and sex using subversive wit and candid dialogue. 








One person shows are a great resource for monologues.   Remember to pick a piece that has a clear beginning, middle, and end and that fits within the time limits for your audition. Here is a popular Canadian example:


Shape of a girl Shape of a girl:

This one woman show deals with the murder of Reena Virk by school-aged bullies in 1997 in B.C.  This play has toured nationally and internationally in schools and theatres.


There are many study guides available for teachers and students exploring the themes in this play.  Here’s one created by Tarragon Theatre.




Here is a great book filled with audition tips for young actors.

 The complete audition book for young actors a comprehensive guide to winning by enhancing acting skillsThe complete audition book for young actors: A comprehensive guide to winning by enhancing acting skills:

Advice on all sorts of audition situations and one of the only audition skills "how-to" books geared towards young actors.







Here is a great Canadian resource for teachers (and students) looking for tips about teaching and learning successful monologue techniques.


Acting alone a drama teacher's monologue survival kit Acting alone: A drama teacher's monologue survival kit: 

Useful for planning a monologue unit with your class, preparing students for an audition, or teaching character development, movement, voice, writing and directing using monologues.  There is also information on how to teach students to write their own monologues.






There are many other excellent monologue books so make sure to check out the monologue collection on the 5th floor Performing Arts Dept of the Toronto Reference Library Quick Reference section (at the top of the stairs) by the 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' poster.


Why not look at some of our earlier blog posts on?
monologues for men

monologues for women
diverse monologues
Canadian monologues


Lastly, did you know the Performing Arts Department of the Toronto Reference Library has an online audition board with current audition listings and materials to read at the Library ?