The book contains 64 monologues designed specifically for use in the audition process. These monologues were derived from the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, one of the longest running theater conferences of its kind, held every year in Valdez, Alaska from 2009 to 2012.
The monologues are honed for freshness, length, and effect and are designed for actors who are taking an audition/monologue workshop. Also included are some tips on creating monologues by Last Frontier Director Dawson Moore and for acting with the monologues by actor and mentor, Laura Gardner, both of whom selected and edited the monologues. The monologues are catagorized by gender and sorted by age of the speaker.
For student actors who are working on auditions or teachers of auditions.
About the Authors
has been on the faculty of the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles for over 16 years. In addition to the LA studio she now teaches Foundation, scene study and Intensive Workshops at their satellite school in Australia. She has taught workshops all over the states and in the UK. A working actress as well, Laura has appeared on and off Broadway, in national tours, and in major regional theatres throughout the US and in the UK. Her extensive tv and film credits include The West Wing, Criminal Minds, Law and Order: LA, and My Name is Earl, where she recurred with her husband, Frank Collison. Dawson Moore
lives in Valdez, Alaska, where he coordinates the Playwriting AFA program at Prince William Sound Community College. He has attended the Last Frontier Theatre Conference since 1995, taking over coordination in 2003.
“The Last Frontier Theater Conference is one of the most dynamic opportunities for theater artists in the United States....established with the guidance of playwrights like Edward Albee, August Wilson, Terrence McNally, and a host of other prominent writers....
....The core of Laura (Gardner) and Frank (Collison)´s influence at the conference is contained in their Monologues Workshop, wherein they expand the skills that sharpen and deepen an actor´s process. The performance of the monologues on stage at the end of the conference is one of the highlights of each summer.”
— Marshall W. Mason, Founding Artistic Director of Circle Repertory Company and author of Creating Life on Stage