Acting Teacher • Coach • Actor • Director • Writer

Rita’s Monologue students write:

“Rita, I wanted to thank you so much for helping me with my monologues and to let you know that I will be going to SUNY Purchase!! I am so excited!! It’s for the ACTING program, 24 out of 1200 got in, and I can’t believe I did !!!!“

- Sara M.


“I was accepted early decision to NYU Tisch School of the Arts as a Drama major-I'm so excited! Thank you so much for your help. I am so grateful for everything I learned with you!”

- Lauren S.


“Triston felt the audition (SUNY Purchase) went well. They were impressed by the classical piece. They asked where he got that from, he said "his private coach Rita Litton." This is a small world. The person that auditioned him said "I know her." She was all smiles after that. He had a call back that same afternoon. Thanks to your great expertise!”

- M. Howell


“I wanted to thank you for all you did for Grace in such a short amount of time! Grace auditioned for The Professional Performing Arts School of NYC and was accepted in the advanced Drama Dept. We are thrilled! Thanks again for all your encouragement.”

- D. Plimpton


“I just wanted to say thank you so much... I used one of the pieces that you suggested to me, and called upon your direction for my audition. I am so thankful to have been a part of your school and to have the knowledge that I do from you. I feel so incredibly blessed.”

- Elizabeth M (Accepted into two of her 'dream colleges,' including New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.)


"She just found out she was accepted into LaGuardia's freshman class for drama!! Thank you so much for your help in the selection process and all your fine work with Chloe!" --Stephanie N

Monologue Prep

Rita Litton - Monologue Preparation

Are you planning to audition for a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master of Fine Arts theater program or acting conservatory?  I have years of experience helping actors gain acceptance to their ‘dream schools.’ The selection of material is one of my specialties. I have hundreds of monologues, comedic or dramatic, of every style and period, from both contemporary and classical plays. As an actress, I’ve performed at classical Shakespeare festivals around the country and I trained classically prior to working in NYC.  If you are anxious about performing the classics I can help you make these passionate and dynamic characters come alive.  I’d love to guide you through this exciting process.

Where have my students been accepted?  NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase, Yale, Harvard,  USC, Rutgers Mason Gross, Marymount Manhattan College, University of Miami, Emerson, Drew, Ithaca, Ryder, Fordham at Lincoln Center, Pace, University of Minnesota, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern University, Montclair State University and many more.

I also work with actors who need audition monologues as part of their ‘actor portfolio’ or reel. In addition I work with younger actors who hope to attend one of the competitive New York performing arts high schools and need to present a monologue (or two) as part of their application.

To discuss your personal needs and requirements call me and we can plan your best course of action.  Try to alert me well before your scheduled auditions.  To make an appointment and discuss rates please contact me!

More? Read my Backstage Article on Monologue Auditions!

“Acting students often ask me what they should be feeling; should they be ‘angry’ or ‘sad’?  I understand the actor's strong desire to connect to the material. But as a result, many fall into the feelings trap. They are constantly asking themselves, "Am I feeling it?" or "Am I feeling it now?" The unfortunate result of this approach is spending too much time preoccupied with "inner lives" and not noticing and focusing on what's going on around them-specifically, the other actor. They stop listening.”

Rita Litton (from Backstage Magazine’s “The Craft” column:  “Rita Litton on Objectives for Young Actors.”) 

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