Performing Arts: 21 Drama Course Monologues for Teachers to include with drama lesson plans. Acting games & drama exercises are also included.
You may be a drama teacher working with kids and teens, which has its own unique challenges. In order to help drama teachers come up with creative concepts for potential curriculum inclusion, we’ve started a series of posts on How To Teach Your First Drama Class, which focuses on basic fundamentals and short monologue analysis for teen monologue classes.
21 Drama Course Monologues for Drama Teachers
The monologues shared here are for teens and adults. They will cover dramatic monologue content and range with different subjects which include the following: love, friendship, family, commitment, money, work/life balance, trust, selfishness, depression and so much more.
What you will gather are short snippets of monologue analysis which offers you some additional insight into the piece. Touching on elements of character background, relationships and circumstances which cater to giving you creative ideas when working on the monologue with your students.
No Longer Will I Be Your Punching Bag – Selah is going through some changes. She has spent the better part of her youth catering to the needs and well being of her family. She’s reached the point in her life where she realizes that if she doesn’t make a significant change to put herself first, she may get trapped into having no life at all. This monologue deals with the conflict of love and selfishness.
I’ve Been A Terrible Father – Walter hasn’t spoken to his daughter in years. At a family gathering he has the opportunity to finally express to her what he feels and thinks. He has had ample amount of time to mull over in his mind all the wrongs and mistakes he has brought into his daughter’s life. It is with a heavy heart that Walter tries to communicate to her how sorry he is and how he wishes all the pain could wash away.
Balancing The Challenges of Work and Family – Sarabella is a loyal wife and devoted mother but she is equally devoted to her career and home based business. She is spreading herself too thin and something needs to give. She is confused over such a decision because she refuses to let something go. Sarabella is extremely ambitious and hard working. Her family comes first in her heart and in this monologue it slowly dawns on her what choice she needs to make.
Shadows of My Mind – Naomi suffers from an undiagnosed depression. She has been battling with is in secret for years. She speak in confidence with the only person she can trust and depend on, her favorite Auntie. Naomi opens up to her Aunt about what she has been going through.
You Shouldn’t Have Done That, Gene – Barl is a boss to a major Fortune 500 company and one of his VP’s secretly extorted sums of money into his own offshore bank account. Barl and his team of accounts caught the major issue. In this monologue Barl lets his VP know he is done for. There is much emotional gravity working within the subtext of this piece.
Little Pieces That Chip Away At Your Happiness – a military personnel has been captured by the enemy and badly beaten, tortured and starved. Morphan is his name and his greatest weapon is his strength of mind, which is beginning to slip. In this monologue it is important for the actor to not play “insane” because the whole truth of the piece will lose its vigor. The actor has to approach the work as if what they think and say is absolutely ‘normal’. How long has he been trapped and tortured? How much hope does he still have left in his heart? Has he been slowly developing a plan to escape?
Stop Acting Like You’re The Best – Susanna has a heart to heart with her nephew over how much he brags. She realizes that he puts on a show in order to seem cool in front of her and his friends but she also know it can be destructive without him realizing it. She informs him of how no one likes a bragger and how it is better for him to be humble in life, even if he is exceptional at what he puts his mind on. Susanna has a bond with her nephew as they are very similar. She used to be a bragger herself but learned in life it wasn’t the way to go. This monologue explores choosing the right words to say in order to guide someone you love, without making a possible situation worse.
Each Time She Leaves our Home – Henry is a loving/caring father. His daughter is his life and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for her. Daddy’s little girl is an understatement but therein exists the problem. He worries about her…constantly. Whenever his daughter leaves the house, he battles with panic. He realizes that it’s becoming a problem to some degree as he relates his concerns to his neighbor but he doesn’t realize that a major mental healthy crises is just bleeding under the surface.
Fix The Car – Denise and her husband always seem to be in difficult financial times. The latest news to his the household his the car breaking down…again. Her husband does not have the money to fix it and in this monologue Denise is disgusted over the fact of it. This monologue explores money and its hold on family happiness.
Playing The Safe Road Must Be The Worst Way To Live – Magnus observes how his nephew is coping with failure. In this monologue he shares with him that it won’t be the final time he fails at something. This is a monologue about encouragement and guidance.
My Struggle With Forgiveness – Abraham hasn’t had it easy. Most everyone he’s ever known has backstabbed him in one way or another. He isn’t a religious man but certainly a spiritual one. And because of his belief in a higher good, he struggle with forgiving those that have crossed him. Perhaps an underlying element to this monologue is that Abraham may be too much of a victim…there may be certain truths he is leaving out.
Deep Love – Telling someone you have an intimate relationship with that you are not in love with them is not something most people are willing to admit. In this monologue, Ellen confesses the truth of how she feel to the man she’s been dating. This piece explores honesty and courage, despite one’s fear of hurting another human being.
Big Bad Wolf – This is one of those monologues that are entirely open and free to the actor and drama teachers interpretation, which makes it a lot of fun. There is a wide abundance of creative choices that can be made to give rise to the context of the piece.
On Edge – Roxy, yet again, is finding herself in a loveless relationship and doesn’t want to honestly admit it. She is doubtful of love in general, which is the subtext riding beneath this monologue. She begins to examine herself and tries to figure out if its something she keeps doing wrong. What does this character truly want in their life? Does she really want love?
Bird In My Ass – although this monologue is considered comedy, it must be executed with the utmost sincerity and seriousness for it to work. The main character Frederick has had an extraordinary situation take place where a bird flew into his ass, while reading the newspaper at the park. The actor really needs to make what happened as real as possible in order for the truth to resonate on point in the doing in the present tense.
Two Sides To My Personality – Johannes seems to suffer from two personalities and he is in constant battle within himself to choose one. Always coping with his bad temper, he is always trying to figure out how to act in emotionally charged situations. This monologue explores identity.
Too Much Water Under The Bridge – This monologue explores reaching a place where you don’t want to cope with someone’s bullshit anymore. Abelia has been dealing with someone in her family for years and years and she finally reached her limit.
Promises, Promises – Littia is apparently on her own when it comes to raising her and her husbands daughter. It’s been two years and her husband sleeps, eats and works. Littia is all in on her daughter and taking care of the household but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t need help.
Surprise Visit – Janell does her best to give her best friend much needed advice with regards to her unhealthy obsession with her boyfriend’s whereabouts. She sees how her friend has low self-esteem and lack of confidence. It’s been a running theme in her friends life and the major cause for her breakdown of relationships. Janell doesn’t wish to see her friend getting hurt again and she tries to stop this train before it reaches its final destination.
Where’s My Lasagna? – this is a character styled monologue that offers the actor the opportunity to play a gangster. Vito plays around with the mind of one of his loyal recruits but then lets him know quite bluntly that he already took care of a situation that needed to be solved.
Lick My Wounds – Crystal lets her boyfriend know that if he isn’t happy with her that they should just break up. Crystal, in fact, doesn’t want to break up with her boyfriend but her pride does not allow her to show weakness.
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