The art of staging or acting plays.


  1. The performance must be a minimum of three (3) minutes and maximum of five (5) minutes. (Contestants not adhering to the minimum and maximum time requirements are subject to point deduction and/or disqualification.)
  2. The selection must be of literate quality.
  3. The material must be memorized.
  4. Costumes, makeup, and props are optional, but not required.

Judging Criteria

  • Projection (10 pts)
  • Structure (10 pts) – Does the performance have transitions/beats and a clear beginning, middle, climax, and end?
  • Memorization (10 pts)
  • Movement (10 pts) – Is the blocking clear and does the actor commit to and follow through with his/her movements and gestures?
  • Emotional Connection and Honesty (10 pts) – Are you really “selling” that you are becoming this character or are you simply “play-acting” ?
  • Imagination and Creativity (15 pts) – Are you bringing something different to the piece or are you just reciting lines?
  • Stage Presence (10 pts)
  • Character Work (10 pts)
  • Specificity of Acting Choices (10 pts) – Clear pursuit of Actions/Objectives
  • Creation of the Space (5 pts)


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