We are thrilled to invite schools and youth community organizations to the Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest, presented by Richard W. Moriarty, M.D.

About the Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest is a time-honored tradition that began over 20 years ago with just 75 students. Now, hundreds of students participate schools across the region annually! At the heart of the Shakespeare Contest remains a dedication to instilling a love for the theater and appreciation for Shakespeare into the lives of young people.

Students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate as part of their school or an activity group with a monologue or scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays. Students are split into the lower division (grades 4-7) and upper division (grades 8-12) for judging purposes. Participating groups receive a free workshop and coaching session along with a contest T-shirt.

This year, we are going to make every effort to make sure that prelims are held live and IN-PERSON at the O'Reilly Theater. We will also make every effort to accommodate those who absolutely need to stay remote via video submissions to maximize accessibility. A panel of independent judge will determine which students are invited to participate in the Showcase of Finalists, which will be held Monday, February 26, 2024 at 7pm. 

A Best Scene and Best Monologue winner will be selected in both the Upper and Lower Divisions.