Canadian Monologues @ Toronto Public Library

July 4, 2018 | Irene

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Are you looking for a Canadian monologue for an upcoming audition?  

Try some of these great resources available from the  Arts Department monologue collection!


Canada on stage scenes and monologues - a survey of Canadian theatre        The perfect piece monologues from Canadian plays       Beyond the pale dramatic writing from First Nations writers and writers of colour     Pure gold scenes from Canadian plays since 1990

Canada on stage: Scenes and monologues: A survey of Canadian plays:
Contains short pieces meant to highlight contemporary Canadian plays.  Features monologues for males and females, as well as short scenes for two actors.       

The perfect piece: Monologues from Canadian plays:
This first volume holds over 130 monologues dating back to the 1970’s in Canada.

Another perfect piece: Monologues from Canadian plays
Volume two contains over 50 pieces from contemporary Canadian playwrights.

Beyond the pale: Dramatic writing from First Nations writers and writers of colour:
More than 30 excerpts from contemporary Canadian plays by minority writers many of which have been produced by major Canadian stages.    

Pure gold: Scenes from Canadian plays since 1990
Excerpts from award-winning contemporary plays on a broad range of topics for all ages.  Contains scenes for two or more actors and is ideal for scene study.


 Canadian monologues for men:


Alone on stage solo plays for men           He speaks monologues for men


Alone on stage: Solo plays for men: Collection of one person performances that can be adapted to suit a shorter monologue piece.

He speaks: Monologues for men:  Monologues from over 70 contemporary Canadian playwrights.


 Canadian monologues for women:


Voice of her own       She speaks monologues for women

Voice of her own:  Five one person performances for women that can be portioned to suit a shorter audition piece.           

She speaks: Monologues for women:   Addressing themes such as adolescence, body, childhood memories, identity, mothers, and passion; this is a collection of monologues suited for a contemporary audition piece.


Canadian monologues for LGBT:


Gay monologues and scenes an anthology        Outspoken lesbian scenes and monologues


Gay monologues and scenes: An anthology:   Scenes and monologues from Canadian plays that give voice to the diversity of gay life.  

Outspoken: Lesbian scenes and monologues:   Exploring topics such as gender, sexuality, family, pop culture, and history; these pieces have been collected from poetry, prose, theatre, and even a graphic novel. 


Browse our shelves!


Canadian maple leaf spine label


Check out the many resources in the monologue collection on the 5th floor in the Arts Department.

Look for the Canadian maple leaf on the spine for Canadian content material.




Browse online!

Look for Canadian Drama - 20th Century,  Canadian Drama - 21st Century, or  Monologues Canadian, in the TPL catalogue for a list of Canadian plays.  Or try a keyword search using 'monologues' - you can add words like 'women' or 'classical' to refine your search.


You can also browse Canadian play publishers and get monologue ideas from Canadian plays – then simply look up the play title at TPL!

Playwrights Canada Press
Gordon Shillingford Publishing
Newest Press

You may also be interested in some of our earlier blog posts on:
monologues for men
monologues for women
diverse monologues

 Interested in auditioning for local theatre? Subscribe to our Audition Listings blog and be notified as soon as we post new auditions for in and around Toronto. Reading copies of the plays will be kept at the Arts Information desk, 5th floor Toronto Reference Library.