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How Can Young Actors Find Appropriate Monologues?

How Can Young Actors Find Appropriate Monologues? by Rita Litton “As an acting teacher and coach, I often field requests from young actors seeking a good monologue, something distinct, comedic, one-to-two minutes… Can I help? I usually suggest a private session. I bring in folders with hundreds of age-appropriate monologues and I promise that the student will leave with at least two contrasting pieces they  love, and that suit them. Finding a good monologue is not simply a matter of knowing which new play has a catchy or memorable monologue, selecting the longest paragraph of text in a play,...

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Contact Email: rita@ritalitton.comPhone: (917) 647-1399Follow us on InstagramLike us on Facebook! Rita Litton (from the book “The Actor’s Other Career Book,” by Lisa Mulcahy) “The famous stage actress Ellen Terry quoted three “I’s” essential for an actor’s success: Intelligence, Imagination and Industry. Of these she thought imagination the most important. I’d copy her list and add Integrity. Many people struggle to maintain businesses in the arts; temptations exist to lower standards, or make bizarre promises. We are in the arts because we love the work and want to inspire...

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Suggested Reading List

Suggested Reading for Actors Acting for Young Actors: The Ultimate Teen Guide. Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Linney Backstage Books,  NY.Acting in Film, Michael Caine, Applause Books.Acting: The First Six Lessons, Richard Boleslavsky, (Theatre Arts Books), Routledge/Taylor & Francis Books, 2003An Actor Prepares, Constantin Stanislavski, New York: Theater Arts Books, 1967.Art of Auditioning, The.  Rob Decina. Allworth Press. June 2004Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part, Michael Shurtleff, Bantam Books.  1979Auditioning: An Actor-Friendly Guide, Joanna Merlin and Harold...

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Resources for Actors Mari Lyn Henry (The late Mari Lyn Henry was a career coach, teacher, and former director of casting for ABC-TV.) “I have known Rita Litton for many years. She is a pioneer in the area of helping young people get the best kind of acting training to prepare them for a career in film, TV and theatre. I have featured Rita in a chapter in the book I co-authored “How to Be a Working Actor.” If anyone knows how to give young people an overview of what it takes to audition and be prepared for the world of show business, Rita does. Her alums are featured in series,...

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Testimonials  Jon Seda “Rita Litton is a fantastic acting teacher who believed in me and helped me believe in myself!” Jon Seda stars in NBC’s hit adventure series “LaBrea” as “Dr. Sam Velez.” Prior to that Jon was best known for playing Detective Antonio Dawson in NBC’s “Chicago P.D” which earned him “Best Actor-Television’ in 2019’s Imagen Awards . Jon has played Antonio in both “Chicago Fire” and the brief “Chicago Justice.” Credits include the HBO Emmy-winning miniseries “The Pacific” (Marine Sgt. John Basilone), Nelson Gonzalez in HBO’s New Orleans series “Treme,” NBC’s “Homicide:...

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Summer One-Week Acting Intensives

Summer One-Week Acting Intensives How I Teach Course Descriptions Upcoming Classes Summer Intensives Monologue Prep Register Rita Litton “To really learn a skill like acting, actors need consistency, and the time for teachers to get to know them, their strengths and their weaknesses.” Alumnus Lucca De Oliveira, center, recent TV series regular in CBS’s “Clarice,” & “Seal Team.”  Summer 2024See: Upcoming for full information. Week B Space Remains! Our summer acting intensives offer exciting, specialized acting training in a condensed...

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Upcoming How I Teach Course Descriptions Upcoming Classes Summer Intensives Monologue Prep Register Rita Litton (from the book “Acting for Young Actors” by Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Linney) “I believe that acting is action oriented, and emotions are the result of intentions successfully or unsuccessfully achieved. An actor does not come on a set or stage to ‘feel an emotion.” The actor ventures into a dramatic situation to do something. There is a reason why acting is also re-acting. An actor who feels the electric two-way giving and receiving is truly alive.” Registering...

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions How I Teach Course Descriptions Upcoming Classes Summer Intensives Monologue Prep Register Davi Santos (Davi Santos, actor and filmmaker. See Testimonials “After studying at the Professional Performing Arts Middle School and then La Guardia Arts High School, I have been inspired by many teachers who have been integral to my development as an actor, yet without question, Rita Litton was the most prominent force in the consolidation of all those skills and theories into a meaningful application for film and television. I’ve never encountered an on-camera...

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