Calling young poets! Unravel: A Virtual Monologue Slam Competition


March 24, 2021


The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company and Artists in Residence are proud to present the inaugural event of The Barlin-Daniels Emerging Artists Initiative: Unravel: A Virtual Monologue Slam Competition. Canadian individuals between the ages of 15 – 30 will be asked to answer the question: “What is my Jewish Identity?” All participants must answer this question in a 2 – 3 minute monologue/video submitted by April 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Click here to learn more.

The top 10 individuals will have their works chosen to participate in writing and performance workshops that will culminate with a live broadcast on May 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm. As part of that broadcast, a panel of judges (TBA) will choose the top 3 finalists whose works will be featured on the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company website where audience members will be able to vote for the winner. The top three finalists will be awarded a cash prize.


Applicants are asked to submit:

  1. A video recording of themselves performing their monologue
  2. A written transcript of the monologue
  3. A headshot or recent photograph
  4. A completed personal information form and statement of originality, found HERE
  5. Please label all your submissions with FirstName-LastName-MonologueSlam.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM.


If you have any additional questions, please call 416-932-9995 x224 or email our office at


Who is eligible to participate?

Individuals ages 15 – 30 anywhere in Canada are invited to submit. If you are under 18, please note you will need permission from a parent or guardian. We encourage folks of all backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, abilities, and levels of artistic experience to submit work.

Do I have to be Jewish to submit a monologue?

Nope! Unravel is open to folks of all religious affiliations, denominations, and beliefs. While the prompt for the monologue slam is “What is my Jewish identity?”, this does not necessarily mean that you yourself must identify as Jewish. We acknowledge that many people might have personal stories, family histories, and relationships to Judaism that do not necessarily mean they are of Jewish faith.

What is a monologue?

In the theatre, a monologue is a speech delivered by a single character or individual. Unravel will comprise a series of monologues written in response to the prompting question “What is my Jewish Identity?”

How long can my monologue be?

Monologues must be 2-3 minutes when performed.

Can I have someone else perform my original monologue?

For this event, monologues must be performed by the writer. There is no acting or performance experience necessary to submit a monologue for Unravel. If you are selected as a top 10 finalist, you will have a chance to work on both your writing and your performance in advance of the live stream.

Can I use props or costumes?

Please do not include props, costumes, set pieces, or post-production editing in your video submission. The simpler, the better! We acknowledge that not everyone has access to equal space, technology and resources, so we ask that staging be kept to a minimum in order to ‘level the playing field’.

How should I record my video?

We recommend performing your monologue in front of a neutral background (such as a blank wall or a curtain). If recording on a cell phone, we ask that you film in ‘landscape’ orientation. We ask that you limit the recording to a single shot – keeping the camera still in one place as opposed to zooming in and out.

What is the deadline to submit?

Submissions close at 11:59 PM EST on April 29, 2021.

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