Monologues for Teens: 60 Original Monologues to Stand Out, Inspire, and Shine

Monologues for Teens: 60 Original Monologues to Stand Out, Inspire, and Shine


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This is the new book from the author of Scenes for Teens and Acting Scenes for Kids and Tweens – a veteran actor with Hollywood and Broadway credits.

Monologues for Teens is a collection of 60 Original Monologues on a wide variety of topics. They're designed to help teenage actors reach, stretch and stand out powerfully from the crowd. Each individual piece is gender-neutral and may be performed equally well by both male and female actors. These monologues are clean,family-friendly, thought-provoking, and designed to encourage positive attitudes and behaviors for student actors - and their audiences.

Clean, lean, practical audition and performance material for acting class, performing arts schools, drama clubs, and drama coaches. No props, no costumes, no entrances, no exits, and no confusing stage directions. This book is an easy to follow, effective, and efficient guide to simplifying and demystifying the entire monologue process.

The scripts are appropriate for film, television, and theater program training. Includes a foreword by Emmy Award winning actress and producer Jean Carol, and a detailed introduction to monologue selection, preparation and performance by the author. Monologues for Teens also includes helpful, behind-the-scenes suggestions on actor training and audition psychology.

This book will help dedicated, creative student actors delve deeply into compelling storylines to create realistic and sympathetic characters – and set themselves apart from the crowd.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998151311
Publisher: Michael Kimmel
Publication date: 03/25/2018
Pages: 154
Sales rank: 589,326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mike Kimmel is a film, television, stage, and commercial actor and acting coach. He is a twenty-plus year member of SAG-AFTRA with extensive experience in both the New York and Los Angeles markets. He has worked with directors Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Townsend, Craig Shapiro, and Christopher Cain among many others. TV credits include Game of Silence, Zoo, Treme, In Plain Sight, Cold Case, Breakout Kings, Memphis Beat, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. He was a regular sketch comedy player on The Tonight Show, performing live on stage and in pre-taped segments with Jay Leno for eleven years.
Mike has appeared in dozens of theatrical plays on both coasts, including Radio City Music Hall, Equity Library Theater, Stella Adler Theater, Double Image Theater, and Theater at the Improv. He trained with Michael Shurtleff, William Hickey, Ralph Marrero, Gloria Maddox, Harold Sylvester, Wendy Davis, Amy Hunter, Bob Collier, and Stuart Robinson. He has a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. from California State University.

As an educator, he has taught at Upper Iowa University, University of New Orleans, University of Phoenix, Nunez Community College, Delgado Community College, and in the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Burbank, California public school districts. He is a two-time past president of New Orleans Toastmasters, the public speaking organization, and often serves as an international speech contest judge. Mike has written and collaborated on numerous scripts for stage and screen. In Lincoln's Footsteps, his full-length historical drama on Presidents Lincoln and Garfield, was a 2013 semi-finalist in the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He is the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from Upper Iowa University.
Mike is a twenty-plus year member of SAG-AFTRA and a full voting member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Scenes for Teens and Acting Scenes for Kids and Tweens.

Jean Carol is an Emmy Award Winner for PM Magazine, Emmy Nominee for Guiding Light (Best Supporting Actress), and recipient of a cast SAG Award for the Academy Award Winning Best Picture Argo, directed by Ben Affleck.

Jean started acting at age three on the New York stage in Hansel and Gretel. She was the youngest member of the Junior Theater Repertory Company at Carnegie Hall and performed there for seven seasons. Moving to Florida, she was crowned Miami's Junior Miss, Miss Teenage Miami, and Miss Miami. She earned her B.A. and M.S. degrees in theater and broadcasting at Florida State University, and began producing and hosting at NBC and CBS affiliates in Orlando and San Diego. At this time, she was selected as one of GLAMOUR magazine's Outstanding Young Working Women, and inducted into their Hall of Fame.

During her seven year, 795 episode run as Nadine Cooper on Guiding Light, Jean won a fan favorite Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Newcomer, and 4 Nominations for Best Comic Performance, Best Supporting Actress, Best Scene Stealer, and was named one of Daytime Television's All Time Favorite Funny Ladies. Jean starred as Catherine Devon in 146 episodes of the drama series Ocean Avenue. Other screen credits include The Mentalist, Monk, Working Class, Six Feet Under, Arli$$, Vanilla Sky, Payback, and a co-starring role alongside Jane Seymour in the CBS Movie of the Week, A Memory In My Heart.

Jean filmed 1500-plus episodes over six years as Host and Producer on PM Magazine, interviewing celebrities from Cathy Rigby to Clint Eastwood. She won an Emmy, received four more Emmy Nominations for writing, producing and performing, and a National Best Feature Story Award. She hosted HSN's Great Escapes travel series, ESPN's Ski Scene: Ski Austria, and Healthy Lifestyles with Olympic gold medalist Bruce (aka Caitlyn) Jenner for three years.

Jean lives in L.A. with her husband, actor Gerry Rand, and their three spoiled dogs. The couple is dedicated to animal rescue.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Praise for Monologues for Teens

Foreword by Jean Carol



A Note on Comedy and Drama

We Might Have Even Been Friends

Employee of the Month

The Green Pencil

Puppy Dog Eyes

Something Happened

Social Skills

Taming the Monsters. Silencing the Chatterboxes.

The Shortest Guy in Class

The Secret of Dogs

Creatures of the Night

An Old Family Photograph

Those They Left Behind

The Five Musketeers

It’s a Little Thing

The Value of a Nickel

Don’t Ask Too Many Questions

Happy Birthday To Me

It’s All About the Pizza

Attitude of Gratitude

That Weird Gray Zone

The Elephant in the Room

Better Than Last Time

False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.

No Turning Back

Lessons I’ve Learned

Getting the Band Together

Put On Your Happy Face

The Consequences

I Love That Show!

My Deep, Dark Secret

Alligator Stew

Do I Smell?

First Car

Little Green Men

I’m Not a Morning Person

The Other Side of Fifty

Allergic to Average

One-Dollar Sunglasses

First Day of Work

Do Candy Bars Talk To You?

Will You Take This Brief Survey?

The High Cost of Mailing

Do Not Eat

Getting in Shape

Mastering Procrastination

I Think I Had a Job Interview

The Ugly Hats

The Meaning of Life

The Chair Boy

The Easiest Thing in the World


Personal Hygiene

Intelligent Life

It Is What It Is

The Me I’m Meant To Be

Can I Be Honest With You?

Sometimes … It Just Isn’t Right …

The Mosquito Whisperer


The Five-Minute Rule

Another Suggestion to Set You Apart

Actors You Will Love

Must-See Movies

Terrific Vintage TV Shows

About Jean Carol

About Mike Kimmel

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