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 hugely successful shows in Los Angeles for the last 3 years, MonologueSlam returns to TCL Chinese 6 Theatre on Wed 25 September.
Tickets are available now – just click BOOK above.
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.
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1 Minute Round
Moving by Lee Kalcheim
Untitled by Katelyn Statton
Red by John Logan
IDK by Anthony Darrell
Regrets Only by Paul Rudnick
3 Minute Round
Hoodoo Love by Katori Hall
Meghan is currently a talent manager at the newly formed company 11:11 Entertainment. She got her start working in representation at Creative Artists Management in London, where she worked for several years before moving to LA where she worked at Gersh, followed by Domain Talent. Having built a successful career both in the UK and in Los Angeles, her experience spans production, talent agencies, and management.
Claudia Lyon was named Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting, CBS Entertainment in July 2019. She reports to Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, Sr. Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment.
In her role, Ms. Lyon oversees all talent and casting operations for CBS Entertainment’s primetime and daytime programming, limited series, alternative programs and specials.
Most recently, Lyon was Vice President, Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment, since 2006, where she oversaw casting for all ABC Studios and ABC Signature pilots and primetime series, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “black-ish,” “grown-ish” and CRIMINAL MINDS. Prior to her role in that capacity, Lyon oversaw the casting of ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” and the multi-Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® Award-winning “Modern Family,” among others.
In addition, Lyon was involved in all aspects of ABC casting’s domestic, global and digital initiatives under ABC Discovers, a series of initiatives that identify, develop and mentor talent from around the world. These initiatives included the annual New York and Los Angeles Talent Showcases, the Digital Talent Competition, Latino/Hispanic Outreach, Asian/Pacific Islander Outreach, Global Talent Outreach and Actor Workshop Week.
Prior to joining Disney|ABC Television, Lyon was Vice President, Casting and Talent at the WB Network, where she oversaw the casting of primetime series, including “Dawson’s Creek,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Felicity,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Smallville,” “One Tree Hill” and “Supernatural.”
Lyon served on the advisory board for the NICA Foundation, an initiative to elevate rural communities in Central America. She has volunteered for Minds Matter and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). The Imagen Foundation honored Lyon as one of their Powerful and Influential Latinos in the Entertainment Industry in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018.
Lyon graduated from Binghamton University-State University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and cinema.
A graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Broadcasting, Aron’s first job out of school was working for CNN as a Production Assistant on “Showbiz Today”. That opportunity led him to his next position as a Production Assistant on the successful NBC Sitcom ‘Mad About You’. There he became the primary talent liaison between the Guest Cast and the show’s producers.
He then became an Executive Assistant to one of the principal Managers at Banner Entertainment (which later evolved into In-House Entertainment). This took Aron to 3 Arts Entertainment where he spent the next 6 years in Talent Manager representing leading actors and comedians in Television and Film. Aron was then offered the opportunity to become a Talent Agent in the Theatrical Talent Division at Paradigm before The Collective recruited Aron to join their new company where he became an integral part of the company’s core Talent Team helping solidify The Collective as a leading full service, multimedia management and production company.
Always looking for new challenges, Aron accepted an opportunity to become the Director of Entertainment for Auto Club Speedway / International Speedway Corporation where his expansive responsibilities included packaging and integrating entertainment programs inclusive of live music/concert performances during the NASCAR event weekends within the motor sport organization. Aron was also solely responsible for creating, selling and implementing various entertainment, multi-media and marketing integrations, including cross- over campaigns that involved the music industry, Fortune 200 companies, film studios, television networks, and nationwide music festivals, among other corporate entities.
After achieving success at the Corporate level, the passion for talent management and representation pulled Aron back to The Collective which then led him to becoming a talent agent at UTA for six years before joining Abrams Artists Agency in November, 2018.
M’saada Nia is a freelance casting specialist for studio & indie feature films, network series, new media projects and major video games. Through her company “Copasetic Casting,” she recently cast the Emmy nominated new media series “The New 30,” and worked in the casting departments of the Disney + project “Flora & Ulysses,” “A Wrinkle and Time” and “Selma” and the upcoming video game releases “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” and “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.” M’saada has also cast ADR / loop groups for numerous features and made-for-TV movies (clients include Amazon, Hallmark, Hulu, Lifetime and Netflix among others). She’s currently working on an independent feature and another blockbuster video game.
John Tynan started his career as an intern at Mosaic before branching off into freelance production around Los Angeles. He eventually found his way back to Mosaic as an assistant for a manager in the talent department. About halfway through his tenure as an assistant he was tasked with coordinating the talent department meetings, tracking young diverse actors, and helping pitch senior managers’ clients to casting directors. As a manager John continues his focus on working with diverse actors, filmmakers, and multi-hyphenates.
Kendra Patterson Heintz joined the ABC Casting team in the fall of 2018. She has worked consistently in television for over sixteen years. Kendra began her casting career in Chicago, where she was taught the intricacies of hands-on casting for episodic series, pilots, commercials, feature films, and reality programming. Freelancing at a busy casting office while also working in prominent acting studio, gave Kendra a deeper appreciation for actors and a better understanding of their craft.
The combination of working with producers and directors in a fast-paced casting office and alongside motivated actors on a daily basis has shaped Kendra into the dynamic and perceptive casting director that she is today. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2004, Kendra has had the esteemed pleasure of working on dozens of network television series, such as “Heroes”, “Touch”, “The Mentalist”, and “Code Black”. She also contributed to the iconic casts of several high profile Disney Channel projects including “High School Musical 2”, “High School Musical 3”, “Camp Rock”, “Teen Beach Movie”,“Descendants 2”, and most recently “Descendants 3”. As an independent casting director,Kendra cast multiple feature length and short films, including Spin, Do No Harm, Bound for Greatness, Flock of Four, and The Learning Curve, for which she received an Artios Award in 2013 for Outstanding Achievement in Casting.
Kendra has always been fiercely committed to inclusivity in television and feature casting. She makes it a priority to widen producers’ vision to include actors of all colors, gender, sexual orientation, and ability regardless of how a role may originally be conceived. She continually strives to create a world where the television and films we view are reflective of the colourful world in which we live.
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.
Sheree Cohen is currently a Partner in the talent division at Abrams Artists Agency. She has 25 years of experience working in entertainment. Prior to joining Abrams she served as SVP of Talent for six years at Buchwald as well as 11 years at Kohner as a senior agent. Her experience spans work across talent agencies, casting, and talent management.
Archetype is management production company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA representing actors, writers, and directors in all areas of the entertainment industry. Archetype is known for its ability to develop talent as well as grow and sustain careers. Shepard started his career in the mailroom of ICM before segueing into talent management. With over fifteen years of experience, Shepard has placed numerous clients onto major television and film projects.
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Cristy began performing at a young age with the Memphis Concert Ballet. She graduated from the Hutchison School and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Cristy also earned a J. D. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Cristy spent several years working in Nashville before relocating to Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles, she worked for The Weinstein Company and later joined Creative Artists Agency. In 2009, she left the agency to manage, produce and write. Cristy is a proud and active member of The British Academy of Film and Television LA, The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, and is on the National Alumnae Board of The Hutchison School.
Tamara spent the past two years as head of feature casting for Sony Pictures Entertainment, will serve in the same capacity and oversee film and TV projects for Apple. During her tenure at Sony, Hunter oversaw feature film casting for the studio and its Columbia, TriStar, Screen Gems and animation units. She has worked on blockbuster hits including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Venom, The Equalizer 2, Hotel Transylvania and the upcoming Charlie’s Angels, Men in Black, You Are My Friend and Miss Bala.
Before moving to SPE in 2016, Hunter was vp casting at 20th Century Fox, where she worked on Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse and Hidden Figures.
Hunter started her career at Sarah Finn Co., where she spent more than a decade and rose to casting director. While there, she worked on Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla and The Fast and the Furious.
David Rapaport, is the casting director for all of Greg Berlanti’s DC shows, such as Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, along with CBS’Supergirl. David got his start working for legendary Casting Director Mali Finn (Titanic, Terminator 2). Together they collaborated on more than 50 films and television series, including 8 Mile, 61*, All The Real Girls, Last Days, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and Running with Scissors. At Mali Finn’s, David learned from such distinguished directors as David Gordon Greene, James Cameron, Gus Van Sant, and Ryan Murphy.
Fran Blain is a Principal and Manager with Blain & Associates. She is known for her keen eye for talent and she loves helping actors reach their dreams in TV, film and theatre (including Broadway). Fran is considered an ‘actor’s manager’ as she was an actor herself and totally ‘gets’ it. Fran has discovered actors such as Madelaine Petsch (RIVERDALE), Michelle Lee (VENOM, BLACK WIDOW). Fran is also a licensed attorney and grew up in NYC acting on stage (off-B’wy) and in commercials, TV and film. Fran has also been featured in TIME Magazine.
850 Fico is a collection of some of the best black improvisers in LA with its members gracing the stage and screens of UCB Harold night, Comedy Central, CW and BET. We are culturally appropriate comedy.
Jen Akerman, a.k.a. dark-pop performer Final Child, has always known where she needs to be. Growing up in Sweden as a child, she felt a burning desire to move to the United States. Once she turned 18, the multitalented Akerman, who is a model, singer, songwriter, and producer, arrived in L.A. Over the next decade, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed performer founded bands (first, the electro-rock Bella Tech, then the indie-pop Bloke & Bird) and played all over the city, while she booked modeling campaigns with The Gap, American Apparel, Forever 21, and more.
All of her efforts have culminated in a solo debut as Final Child, a bluesy, slow-pop outing. Produced entirely by Akerman, her debut, the Till Death Do Us Part EP arrives on Sept. 13, 2019, and is home to seven slick, moody tracks that evoke the tense, passionate pop of fellow Scandinavian singers Tove Lo and Lykke Li. Her magnetic energy comes through in full force on the EP, which contemplates the idea of matrimony, Akerman recently became engaged to actor Tom Payne who appears on two of the tracks. Get ready for the ride.
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..