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Comedic Female Monologues
Each of these comedic female monologues may be used by students, actors, and directors for educational and theatrical purposes.
An Actor's Guide to Making Yourself Cry on Cue
Learn how to cry on cue. Tricks actors use to produce tears. There are different ways to cry while on stage or in a film.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Tomorrow's Wish'
This original comedic female monologue from a play by Wade Bradford may be used by students, actors, directors for educational or professional purposes.
What the Different Stage Directions Really Mean
How do you tell the difference between stage right and stage left? Upstage and downstage? Here is a handy diagram that clearly details the different stage directions.
Great Improv Games for Beginners to Experts
A list of theatre activities, for drama teachers, theater students, acting troupes, summer camp programs, or party-goers.
The Stanislavsky Method
A brief overview of Constantine Stanislavsky's life and acting instruction. He developed a unique method of acting still studied and practiced today.
Beatrix's Comedic Monologue from 'Promedy'
Text of speech from new play, in which 17-year-old Beatrix explains to her fellow student why the prom (which has been canceled) means so much to her.
How Is the American Dream a Theme of 'Death of...
An analysis of the themes in Arthur Miller's tragedy, exploring how the characters Willy Loman, Ben and Biff differently define the American Dream.
Free One Act Plays and Other Drama Resources
Links to short plays and scenes to help drama teachers, directors and theater students find the perfect choice for your cast and/or classroom.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'CSI Neverland'
This original comedic female monologue is from a play by Wade Bradford.
36 Tongue Twisters to Practice Enunciation and...
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Improvisation Game: Freeze Tag
This improvisation activity is a terrific theatrical exercise for performers at any level.
"Death of a Salesman" - Plot Summary and Study...
Plot summary of Miller's well-known tragedy about Willy Loman, with links to further reading.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'The Greatest...
Cassandra's Rant - Comedic Female Monologue - Parody of Greek Mythology
A Comedic Monologue from 'Promedy'
In this comedic female monologue, Beatrix confronts Dante, an arrogant drama-geek. During her funny monologue she convinces him to take the cheerleader to the Prom. This monologue is from
An Example of a Female Comedic Monologue
A comedic female monologue about a woman who tried to break up with her boyfriend while riding on a roller coaster. Funny monologue for actress.
How to Prepare for a Monologue Performance
To make the performance more than just reciting lines in front of your drama class: Research the play; develop a unique character; do enunciation exercises.
Top 10 Plays Every Theater Newcomer Needs to...
New to theater? If you only see ten plays in your entire life, follow this list and you'll be a culturally and artistically well-rounded theater-goer.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Cinema Limbo'
The text of a humorous monologue by a character named Vicky, who complains about the geek who has fallen in love with her.
What to Know About 'Trifles' by Susan Glaspell
An analysis of the plot and characters of this 1916 drama about a murder loosely based on true events.
The Historical Background of Les Miserables
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6 Memorization Tips for Actors and Actresses
Tips for actors include: Read out loud (and repeat); listen to your cast members; and record your lines.
A Closer Look at the Characters of 'Twelve...
Character analysis of the jurors from the play, and brief summary of the plot, which is about the jurors deliberating in a murder trial
4 Circle Ice Breaker Games for Your Drama Class
These improvisation activities are designed to warm up actors and drama students. Participants form a circle and then the games begin. Each activity helps students and performers become more comfortable. It's also a great activity for learning names.
A Quick Summary of 'Doubt'
Study guide of this Pulitzer Prize winning drama about a nun in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964 who suspects a priest of molesting a child.
How to Cold Read a Script During an Audition
Learn how to cold read from a script during an audition.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Curse of the...
Here's a comedic female monologue taken from a play that's set in 1930s Egypt.
What You Should Know About the Theatre of...
What were roman plays like in ancient times? Who were the greatest Roman playwrights? How were plays in Rome different from plays in Ancient Greece?
Improv Locations
An alphabetical list of settings for improvisation exercises and sketch comedy, from an art gallery to a zoo.
The Definitive Monologue from Ibsen's Play 'A...
A monologue from Act Three of Henrik Ibsen's
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Sleeping...
In this passage from a fairy tale spoof, the Wicked Witch offers Sleeping Beauty the gift of a curse.
How to Keep Your Drama Class Engaged
Advice for drama teachers and directors working with a large cast. A reader asks: Any suggestions for what I can get those with smaller parts to do while they are not on stage? They are really struggling with just watching the rehearsals (when not involved), and since it's a class, I feel I should be making them do something, since they are also getting a credit for the course. I'm just not sure how to make the best use of these students.
Open Scenes - great practice for student actors!
Open scenes - also called Content-less scenes, Ambiguous scenes, Spare scenes, Skeletal scenes - are great exercises for acting classes.
What to Know About Willy Loman from 'Death of a...
Analysis of the central character in this play - Willy Loman's childhood, how he's a poor role model, his affair, his friends and neighbors.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Mrs. Claus...
This complete text of a short humorous monologue for a female features Mrs. Claus writing a Dear John letter to Santa, breaking up with him.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'Cinderella in...
This original comedic female monologue from
One Act Comedy: Chekhov's 'The Marriage Proposal'
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Anton Chekhov
A brief biography of Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and short story writer.
A Synopsis of Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House'
The 1879 drama tells the story of a seemingly typical housewife who becomes disillusioned and dissatisfied with her condescending husband.
Reasons to Be Pretty - Act One
A look at the characters and plot summary of this hard-edged comedy that focuses on the relationship between two couples. It premiered on Broadway in 2008.
How to Block a Play
What is Blocking? - How to Block a Show - Stage Directions - A Guide to directing a play.
What to Know About Nora Helmer, the Protagonist...
A character study of the protagonist in Ibsen's tragedy,one of the most complex characters of 19th century drama: childlike, clever, desperate,transformed
What to Know About 'Oleanna' by David Mamet
A look at this complex drama of miscommunication and sexual harassment, with plot summary, analysis of the two characters, and exploration of the themes.
How to Break the Ice in a New Drama Class
Ideal for a large group of 18 and 30 participants. This ice breaker activity creates a fun and productive classroom environment.
What Really Happens in 'Oedipus the King'
A quick, humorous plot summary of Oedipus the King ( or Oedipus Rex) by the best playwright of Ancient Greece, Sophocles.
Do You Know What 'The Crucible' Is About?
Written in the early 1950s, the drama takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, recounting the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials.
"Death of a Salesman" - Review
Wade Bradford offers a critical look at this much-praised American tragedy and finds it overrated, explaining what he sees as its flaws.
12 Angry Pigs - Original Ten Minute Play
Free one act play, free for students and drama clubs to use. This comedic parody of
Why the Setting of 'A Streetcar Named Desire'...
An analysis of the setting for this play - Blanche's view of New Orleans, the two-room flat, cultural diversity in the French Quarter after World War II.
Musical Theater Exercises
Music themed drama games and activities.
How to Play the Improv Game '60 Second Fairy...
For a good exercise in impromptu storytelling, try performing a well known fairy tale in one minute flat. Drama classes and acting troupes alike can use the “60 Second Fairy Tale” to sharpen improvisational skills. It's also a great game for families and kids.
7 Tips for a Successful Play Audition
Learn how to put your best foot forward at auditions.
A Comedic Monologue from 'Much to Do Out West'
This original comedic female monologue from the play
What to Know About Linda Loman from 'Death of a...
An analysis of the character of Willy Loman's wife in Arthur Miller’s American tragedy, a woman whose life has been filled with disappointment.
What Happens in Act 1 of 'All My Sons' by...
Plot summary of Act I of this sad Post-World War II story about the Kellers, a seemingly “All American” family except the father has concealed a great sin.
Adding more layers to Open Scene work
Use these tips and questions when teaching theatre students how to do Open Scene exercises in acting classes.
"August: Osage County," a play by Tracey Letts:...
Brief synopsis, characters and themes from one of the greatest American plays of modern theater.
Eliza Doolittle's Final Monologues from...
A pair of comedic female monologues from George Bernard Shaw's
The Juliet Monologues
Complete text of the best of Juliet's monologues from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
What to Know About Torvald Helmer in 'A Doll's...
An in-depth character analysis of the well-meaning yet antagonistic husband from Ibsen's tragedy.
How to Play the Improv Game 'Taxi Cab'
An amusing, high-energy improvisation activity for ages 7 to 99. (Well, okay, I guess one-hundred year olds can play too!)
Jumpstart the creativity of student actors with...
Detailed directions and resources: Student actors decide on the characters and context of a scene that will somehow employ three words chosen at random.
Improv Games to Hone Your Acting Skills
A collection of improvisation activities and theater games involving storytelling.
Susan Glaspell - Biography of "Trifles" Author
Is Trifles of Tragedy? Or a feminist play? What is the moral of Trifles? Learn more about the play by reading the biography of playwright Susan Glaspell.
A Closer Look at the Characters of 'Tartuffe'...
Character Analysis of Tartuffe - Plot / character summary of comedy by Moliere Author of Tartuffe or The Hypocrite.
Do your actors need lines to jump-start their...
Student actors can struggle with creating an opening line for an improvisation. Here are 29 opening line possibilities to get them started.
What to Know About 'Fences' by August Wilson
Arguably the playwright's most renowned work, this drama focuses on Troy Maxson, restless trash-collector and former baseball player, and his family.
"Picnic" by William Inge
Plot summary, character and themes of the Pulitzer Prize winning 1953 play about the desires and regrets of the people in a small town in Kansas.
How to Study 'Twelve Angry Men' by Reginald Rose
A study guide, including plot, production history, themes, for this courtroom drama about a jury deliberating a verdict for a young man accused of murder.
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'CSI: Neverland'
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Mrs. Craig's Monologue
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Teach Your Kids to Keep Their Room Clean with...
Why Do I Have to Make My Bed, or a History of Messy Rooms is based on the picture book by Wade Bradford. This free play may be used for educational purposes. It is a funny play for young students that teaches about history and family.
Top Three Shakespeare Villains
A collectyion of the best dramatic speeches by Shakespeare's villains.
A Closer Look at the Characters of 'All My...
Study Guide for this modern tragedy: A look at the character Joe Keller, the father of the play, and the five members of his family
Clybourne Park - Act Two
Summary of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. Essay help for Clybourne Park, Act Two.
'Noises Off' - A Comedy About the Theater
'Noises Off' is a satire of life in the theater, presenting a hilarious play-within-a-play by an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors.
Warm Up Activity: Emotion Orchestra
An excellent warm-up activity that gets performers to vocalize, emote, and pay attention.
Seven audition pieces that are age-appropriate...
Seven monologue recommendations for young female actors: Each piece is short in length - some as short as 45 seconds. Some a bit longer.
Antigone's Monologue
In this moving speech, Sophocles' devoted protagonist reflects upon her choices and their consequences.
"Man and Superman" Study Guide
This romantic comedy tells the story of two rivals: John Tanner (a wealthy, politically-minded intellectual who values his freedom) and Ann Whitefield (a charming, scheming hypocritical young woman who wants Tanner as a husband). Once Tanner realizes that Miss Whitefield is hunting for a spouse (and that he is the only target), he attempts to flee from her, only to find out that his attraction to Ann is too overwhelming to escape.
The Witty Nose Monologue from “Cyrano de...
The full text of the speech by the big-nosed character Cyrano de Bergerac providing examples of humorous insults about his nose.
Jackknife Stage
What is a jackkinfe stage? Plays / Drama.
Am I Blue - One-Act Drama by Beth Henley
There’s a lot to admire about Beth Henley’s 1972 one-act, “Am I Blue.” First of all, dramatic works for teen-age thespians are in short supply, especially plays that aren’t too preachy. “Am I Blue” provides juicy roles for a young actor and actress, despite a few flaws typical of this genre.
Yes And - Improv Game
The improv game. Plays / Drama.
5 Tips to Reading a Play for Best Results
Advice for students to get the most out of the reading of dramatic literature, including: Visualize the characters, and research the historical context.
Character Analysis: Dr. Vivian Bearing in "Wit"
An analysis of the central character in this drama about a woman, who is a scholar of the work of John Donne, dying of cancer.
How to Study the Medieval (and Anonymous) Play...
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The Life and Work of Playwright Berthold Brecht
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How to establish some boundaries so that improv...
Here is a list of guidelines that can help ensure that classroom improvisation activities are productive and valuable.
Reasons to Be Pretty - Act Two
Study guide for reasons to be pretty by Neil labute
How Elizabeth Proctor’s Character Shapes...
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A Summary: Act 1 of Clybourne Park
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David's Monologue
In this comedic monologue for male actors, David Pomerville, a man in his late forties, tries to win back his estranged wife. This humorous monologue comes from the play
Jocasta's Monologue from "Oedipus the King"
Dramatic female monologue of Queen Jocasta, the doomed mother of Oedipus.
Improv Game: "Surprise Guests"
A fun improv game, great for drama students or party-goers.
Setting the Stage for Successful Classroom...
Increase the productivity in your classroom drama sessions: Two tried and true recommendations for successful classroom dramas
3 Games for Competitive Improv Theater
Competitive Improv Games - Theater Games for Improv Actors
A Comedic Female Monologue from 'How to Kiss a...
A humorous monologue about a Southern Belle giving advice to a young gentleman who is preparing for a date.
Elf Monologue
Elf Monologue - Brumbly the Elf - A Comedic Monologue for men, women, and young performers.
Top Ten Tragedies
A list of the saddest plays ever written, including: Night Mother, Oedipus the King, Wit by Margaret Edson, and Death of a Salesman.
A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene Ten
Summary and analysis of Scene Ten of Tennessee Williams's tragedy, where Stanley Kowalski rapes Blanche DuBois.
5 Favorite Tennessee Williams Plays
The last two plays of a list of the top five plays by Tennessee Williams. Page 2.
Top 5 Plays of George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw began writing plays in the late 1800s. Many consider Shaw’s body of work to be second only to Shakespeare. Shaw possesses a deep love of language, high comedy, and social consciousness.
A Quick Plot Summary of 'Antigone' by Sophocles
A plot summary of the Greek tragedy in which Antigone faces death because she defied King Creon and buried her brother.
Lady Bracknell and Jack Worthing - Scene from...
A classic farce written by Oscar Wilde,
"Fat Pig" by Neil LaBute - Study Guide and...
Plot, characters, and importance of this comedy/drama about the problems a man feels in dating an overweight woman to whom he is attracted.
3 Most Patriotic Monologues From Shakespeare
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"Superior Donuts" by Tracy Letts
Essay help and analysis of characters, themes, and the script Superior Donuts: a play by Tracy Letts.
7 Reasons to Love "Les Miserables"
Why do we love Les Miserables so much? A list of the top seven reasons Les Miserables is one of he best musicals ever made.
A Man for All Seasons - Summary and Characters
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Choose the Right Setting for Your Play
Oftentimes, aspiring playwrights make the mistake of creating plays with vague, uninteresting settings. Or, they do the opposite and write a play that has so many different settings that it might prove impossible to produce.
Plot Summary of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov -...
Overview and synopsis of Act I of this slice-of-life drama set in the Russian countryside in the 19th century.
Everything You Need to Know About 'God of...
Character analysis and theme study guide for Yasmina Reza's play.
Antigone's Defiant Monologue
In this scene, King Creon has just learned that Antigone has defied his laws by providing a proper burial for her disgraced brother.
Improv Game - Genre Switch
Improvisation game - perfect drama activity for improv actors who want to play around with different genres / styles of storytelling. Ideal for anyone seeking an easy, fun improv game.
A Close Reading of Robert Browning's 'My Last...
Robert Browning's poem is a dramatic monologue, in which a character distinctly different from that of the poet is speaking to someone else.
"A Doll's House" Character Study: Mrs. Kristine...
This somber, lonely friend of Nora seems like a minor character at first. Yet, she helps to shift the conflict of the play by
How to involve large groups of actors in a...
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Proof - A Play by David Auburn
Plot summary and assessment of the Pulitzer-winning drama about the daughter of a brilliant but mad mathematician, now dead.Catherine fears she is mad too.
A Streetcar Named Desire: Act One, Scene One
A Streetcar Named Desire written by Tennessee Williams is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The year is 1947 - the same year in which the play was written.
"Pygmalion" Monologues and Scenes
Among the scores of plays written by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, "Pygmalion" is his most beloved
Drama and Tragedy in Ancient Greece
A first look at the theater of Ancient Athens; a biography of Thespis, the first actor; links to further study of the era of Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes.
Acting Tips: How to Laugh
Acting Tips: How to Laugh Naturally on Stage. How actors laugh on camera and in theater.
5 Suspenseful Stage Thrillers
Five of the best on-stage thrillers. Unlike mysteries in which the audience searches for clues to figure out “whodunit,” thrillers let viewers know who the bad guys are in advance. Then, the audience spends the rest of the play on the edge of their proverbial seats, who will win: the evil doer or the innocent victim?
Narrative Improv Games
An improvisation activity that helps actors tell stories and develop characters.
Murder Mystery Comedies
The Best Murder Mystery Comedies ever! The 39 Steps, The Murder Room, the Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.
The Critic's Monologue from "Play"
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"Water by the Spoonful" by Quiara Alegria Hudes
What is Water by the Spoonful mean? Find out in this guide to Quiara Hudes' play.
7 Funny Comedic Male Monologues
A collection of links to original comedic male monologues for use in auditions and drama class.
"Terri and the Turkey" - A Thanksgiving Day Skit
In this short Thanksgiving play, a young girl saves the life of a Thanksgiving turkey. A family-friendly Thanksgiving skit.
'The Crucible' - Study Guide
A study guide of Arthur Miller's masterwork The Crucible, including plot summary, main characters, themes and suggestions for further reading.
Tragedies and Tearjerkers - Top Ten Saddest Plays
Tragedies and Tearjerkers - Top Ten Saddest Plays
Creon's Monologue from "Antigone"
In this ancient monologue by the Greek playwright Sophocles, the ruler of Thebes issues a stern command to his subjects.
Get to Know the Male Characters in 'The...
A look at the leading male characters in Oscar Wilde's popular comedy, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff
John Patrick Shanley - "Doubt" Playwright
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"The Laramie Project"
The Laramie Project is a documentary-styled play that analyzes the death of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student who was brutally murdered because of his sexual identity. The play was created by playwright/director Moisés Kaufman and and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.
Improv Sing Along Games
A list of music improv games including some favorite games from Whose Line Is It Anyway?
August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle - a Synopsis
In the early 1980s, playwright August Wilson decided that he wanted to create a cycle of ten plays, one play for each decade. Collectively, they would become known as the Pittsburgh Cycle -- all but one take place in the city's Hills District. August Wilson's 10 play series is arguably one of the finest literary achievements in contemporary drama.
The 2-Person, 10-Minute Play 'Cinema Limbo'
The complete text in two pages of this free ten-minute play, which is a comic, two person exchange between two teenage movie theater employees. Page 1.
Oedipus' Monologue from "Oedipus the King"
Accepting his fate as decreed by the gods, Oedipus realizes his tragic destiny.
Crucible Character Study: Judge Danforth
Character study of Judge Danforth, the forboding ruler of Salem's courtroom in this tragedy about the Witch Hunts.
Learn More About the Life and Work of American...
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"The Importance of Being Earnest" - Study Guide...
A summary of Act 1 of the playwright's famous comedy.
"A Doll's House" Character Study: Nils Krogstad
Character study of Nils Krosgstad, who can be downright diabolical, in this 19th century tragedy.
Introducing Tableau to Students
An arts-integrated teaching strategy that drama teaching artists use to help students make mental images of the texts that they read is Tableau.
12 Angry Pigs - Part Two - Free One Act Play
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A Closer Look at the Female Characters of 'The...
Oscar Wilde's romantic comedy features two female characters: Gwendolen and Cecily from

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