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We are thrilled to invite schools and youth community organizations to the Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest, presented by Highmark Pittsburgh.

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, over 1,000 students participate from nearly 100 schools and groups 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, a contest T-shirt, and registration into the Virtual Open Stage Student Matinees.

This year, all submissions to the preliminary rounds will be through video recording. A panel of independent judges will review all video submissions, and will determine which students are invited to participate in the Virtual Showcase of Finalists.

A Best Scene and Best Monologue winner will be selected in both the Upper and Lower Divisions. Each Winner will receive a copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare and a $250 cash prize will go to the School or Group that the winner is participating from.

For more details and resources about the Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest, read more about Monologue & Scene Guidelines.


The Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Showcase of Finalists was celebrated virtually on February 22, 2021 at 7:00pm. This live special event featured the contest finalists and special guests to keep you entertained and inspired. 


The 2021 Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest is generously supported by hmbcbs_pr_cmyk_(002)