College of Fine & Performing Arts

Monologue Project

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The Monologue Project began in 2005 as a collaboration between Western Washington University's Department of Theatre & Dance and Fairhaven Middle School in 2005, with the goal of giving voice to students' writing.

Students write monologues about their experiences, which are performed by WWU acting students as well as fellow middle school students.

Seventh-grade participants, taught by Joel Gilman of Fairhaven Middle School, learn a variety of ways to communicate their personal experiences, thoughts, and passions through the medium of dramatic writing.  Each student writes up to twelve monologues, exploring a range of voices and themes.

Winner of a Mayor’s Arts Award

The finished monologues are given to Professor Rich Brown’s Acting 260 class at WWU as part of the course’s service learning component.  Each college acting student selects and performs two monologues for the playwrights in early November on Western’s campus. The Fairhaven students are able to hear not only the voices of their peers, but also their own words come to life through the art of performance. Each actor and playwright are given the chance to meet and discuss their views on the experience.

Each year brings dozens of never-before-seen original works to the stage. Performances are followed with audience talkback sessions, during which the playwrights and actors will share their experiences.

For more information about the Monologue Project, please contact Rich Brown.