MonologueSlam is an international industry showcase for actors from all backgrounds. 22 actors are given the opportunity to perform for a welcoming audience and a panel of industry professionals who are in a position to move their careers forward. This event helps performers that may not have access to the usual routes into the industry and provides agents and casting directors with an avenue to source fresh talent.
The show consists of a one minute round and three minute round, where each actor will perform a monologue of their choice. There’s also some entertainment provided by a music act whilst the judges make their decision on the winning monologues.
After a hugely successful 2016 debut in Los Angeles, MonologueSlam returns to TCL Chinese 6 Theatre on 19th November.
The TCN regularly receive support from Film, TV and Stage stars such as Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) Aml Ameen (Yardie) Karen David (Once Upon A Time) David Ajala (Falling Water) Oliver Stark (911) Dominique Tipper (Expanse) Nicholas Pinnock (CounterPart) Jonathan Kite (Two Broke Girls) Shavani Seth (Homeland) Duane Henry (NCIS) Chike Okonkwo (The Birth of a Nation) Tehmina Sunny (Training Day) Matthew Moy (Two Broke Girls) Rez Kempton (Amar Akbar & Tony) and Louis Ozawa Changchien (The Man in the High Castle) who all attend MonologueSlam UK.
1 Minute Round
Key Exchange by Kevin Wade
Phone Calls by Joseph Arnone
Calm Down by Emma West
Red Speedo by Lucas Hnath
A Zac by Another Name by Zac Catone
King Hedley ll by August Wilson
3 Minute Round
The Talk by Shahbaz Sarwar
Dreamer Examines his Pillow by John Patrick Stanely
Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson
The Brothers’ Size By Tarell Alvin MCraney
Klute by Andy Lewis and Dave Lewis
Kim Coleman is an award winning casting director that has worked on a diverse range of projects including Blackkklansman, American Crime, Enemy of the State, The Good Doctor, Greenleaf, Survivors Remorse, Love Is, Bringing Down The House, Akeelah & the Bee and Amistad, Inside Man, Public Enemies, Miracle at St Anna, Good Deedsand Madea’s Witness Protection, We The Peeples and Tyler Perry’s Temptation.
James Jolly is a manager at the newly formed company Stride Management. Stride Managements client list includes Oscar winner Nicolas Cage, Emmy nominee Mike O’Malley, Jason Patric, David Paymer and Billy Baldwin; as well as young Hollywood talent including Emmy nominee Shannon Purser (Stranger Things), Y’lan Noel (Insecure), Lamar Johnson (X Men: Dark Phoenix), Julian Dennison (untitled Deadpool sequel), Chris Pang (Crazy Rich Asians) and Christopher Meyer (The Affair).
April Baker is a Manager at Stage Coach Entertainment. Stagecoach Entertainment is a management and production company dedicated to creating exceptional work by exceptionally talented individuals.
Brian Espinosa is the Chief Executive Officer at Optimism Entertainment he oversees the growth and development of the company’s talent, music, & sports divisions. He has worked on the management teams of many A-list box office hit stars, Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award nominees. He works with many studios such as Disney, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. on a variety of films and television series as a representative & producer.
Gary Reichman is an Agent at GVA Talent Agency. Since 1995, the GVA Talent Agency has been one of the leading boutique talent agencies in Los Angeles, responsible for building the careers of incredible actors. Following the mission statement of quality over quantity, GVA prides itself on maintaining a small client list, accepting submissions only through industry referral.
Ben Gorman joined Buchwald after four years as a talent agent at the boutique agency Pakula/King. Buchwald offers representation in every area of the entertainment industry: commercial, broadcast, film, theatre, television, literary, feature film packaging, personal appearance, syndication (radio, television and digital), branding/digital, and emerging talent.
Sam Bain is a British comedy writer and producer, best known for the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show Fresh Meat, plus BBC’s Rev. Bain recently set up a new production company with backing from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, which has a 20% stake and is expected to sell Various Artists content internationally. The new indie will specialize in comedy and comedy-drama as well as straight drama.
Beth Ryne is a Los Angeles-based Casting Associate who has had the great fortune of working with some of the industry’s top casting directors. TV credits include DEAD TO ME, PROJECT BLUE BOOK, TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN, ALTERED CARBON, AMERICAN GOTHIC, I’M DYING UP HERE, and MASTERS OF SEX. For the stage, she cast the west coast premiere of Ike Holter’s play HIT THE WALL and an ensemble production of SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE: REVISITED, produced by Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin.
Michelle Adams is one of Hollywoods top Casting Directors. Michelle’s previous film credits include CADILLAC RECORDS (starring Beyonce and Columbus Short, Tyler Perry’s MADEA GOES TO JAIL, John Singleton’s FOUR BROTHERS , HUSTLE AND FLOW (starring Taraji P. Henson), Black Snake Moan and the Lifetime television movie SINS OF THE MOTHER (starring Jill Scott). Previously, Michelle has worked cast for some of the hottest television series on primetime including Dear White People, The Good Doctors, , American Crime, Survivors Remorse, Underground, Greenleaf, CBS’ The Shield (with FMW Casting), CBS’ Cold Case, UPN’s Half & Half, UPN’s The Parkers, Zoe, WB’s Dawson’s Creek, and UPN’s Moesha! Upcoming films include LESLIE (based on the book by Omar Tyree), CAR and PREP SCHOOL.
Allycia Atania is the Manager of Casting for Fox Broadcasting Company where she oversees casting of series regulars, guest stars and co-stars for network pilots and current series. She has worked on notable shows such as EMPIRE, THE RESIDENT, 24: LEGACY, SCREAM QUEENS, and STAR. Before Fox, she worked in casting offices for NBCUniversal, Avy Kaufman, and Arena Stage.
Ayo Davis is senior vice president, Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios. In this position, she oversees all casting for both the ABC Television Network and ABC Studios, and is responsible for identifying and cultivating relationships with talent from around the world.
Davis has been instrumental in casting some of the most recognized shows, including the hit drama “The Good Doctor,” the Emmy Award-winning drama “American Crime,” the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series “black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” for which Viola Davis won the Emmy as the first African American actress to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She has championed the careers and attracted the likes of some of the industry’s most notable actors, including Eva Longoria, Jesse Williams and Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez. During her tenure, Davis has inspired and advocated for diversity and inclusion throughout the casting process. She leads the ABC Discovers Initiative, which includes several programs aimed at finding and nurturing up-and-coming talent from around the world.
Julia Verdin’s management company Rough Diamond Management has been going for 20 years. Julia has launched many careers and has an excellent overall business understanding of what it takes in the current market place to launch careers. She is known for her great ability to spot and develop up and coming talent. As well as her excellent reputation as a top talent manager, Julia is also known as one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers/directors with 36 feature films made to date.
Jimmy Akingbola is an award-winning actor/producer and co-founder of The TriForce Creative Network, an organisation set up to promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry.
Jimmy is living and working between Los Angeles and London producing and managing TCN events, creating business relationships and expanding the TCN brand in the USA. He’s is best known for his roles as super-villain Baron Reiter in DC Comics’ superhero drama, Arrow; the sharp-shooting surgeon Antoine Malick in the BBC’s award-winning hospital drama, Holby City, and the hilarious characters Crackhead Mick in the BAFTA award-winning BBC Two comedy Rev and Valentine in the Award Winning Idris Elba Sky1 comedy In The Long Run..