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2024 Classical Theatre Slam

Submissions are now open for the 2024 Hart House Theatre Classical Theatre Slam in partnership with Shakespeare Bash’d.

This exciting performance opportunity will provide students and emerging artists with a chance to share their passion for performance while competing for awards and prizes and receive feedback from Shakespeare Bash’d founders and artists.

Classical Theatre Slam Important Information

From the initial video submissions, the judges will short-list a small group of performers to be involved in a live performance event taking place on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 pm, where judges will give feedback and select the Slam’s winners. As an educational opportunity, all submissions are guaranteed written feedback from the Competition Judges from their initial submission.

You are allowed to perform any monologue or piece of classical text from a play, written before 1900 or an adaptation based on classical text. For this Slam, we encourage you to make adaptations of pre-existing text in any way you can think of, such as changing genders or contexts, to broaden the scope of what traditional classical text can look like. Examples of writers include William Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, Guan Hanqing, John Webster, Thomas Dekker, John Dryden, Moliere, and more. We strongly encourage submissions from beyond the Western Canon, to include and celebrate a diverse range of classical narratives and stories from all places. Check out this comprehensive resource list to find potential performance pieces.

Submissions will be reviewed by judges and the live performers will be informed by Tuesday, May 7, 2024, and will have 24 hours to accept this performance opportunity. The Classical Theatre Slam Performance will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 pm — 9:30 pm. This is a free event and all members of the community are encouraged to attend the live performance. Performers participating in the live event will receive a $25 gift card and the panel of Judges will choose the top 3 performances. There will also be an Award of Merit chosen by the Competition Judges from the remaining submissions not selected for the live performance opportunity.

In addition to performing at Hart House Theatre, the winner of the 2024 Classical Theatre Slam will receive a two-hour private coaching session courtesy of Shakespeare BASH’d.

Classical Theatre Slam Submission Guidelines

Submissions Open: Monday, April 1, 2024

Content Deadline: Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 11:59 pm

You must complete the Classical Theatre Slam Submission Form and upload your submission video audition there.

For full submission details, please see our webpage.

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