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Acting Techniques: Monologues

Understanding your character is the key to great acting. In order to realistically "inhabit" another person, you must discover their motivations and learn what they think, what they feel, what they wear, how they talk, and how they move. In this online acting course, you will explore the techniques that professional actors use to deeply understand and then portray believable characters.

This course will help you develop a solid understanding of acting and use that understanding to analyze scripts and build convincing characters for both the stage and screen. You will learn about the history of acting and acting methods in order to see how people all over the world have used acting to tell stories effectively. 

Our online acting classes teach you how to look for clues in a script and perform several exercises that will help you portray your character. You will then learn how to choose, develop, and perform a monologue that showcases your acting skills. 

What you will learn:

✔ Explore several of the most common acting methods, including the Stanislavski method and the Meisner technique   
✔ Analyze scripts in order to understand the characters you are going to play and their place in the story   
✔ Explore the history of acting, with a focus on non-Western styles, to expand your toolkit as an actor   
✔ Find, study, and perform at least one fully realized monologue that you can use for future auditions   
✔ Talk about the craft of acting with others who love it just as much as you do

Join our acting classes online and take your skills to the next level.

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What you need to participate:

  • Computer or mobile device with Internet. Internet speed must be at least 1.5Mbps download and 800Kbps upload. For students using a mobile device, download the Canvas mobile app and select “Interlochen Online” as your school.

How the course works:

Interlochen Online courses are designed to be inspiring and flexible, with weekly learning units that combine video segments and guided instruction that you can complete on your own schedule during the week. You will interact regularly with your teacher and peers inside the learning environment. 

You can also participate in an optional weekly hour-long video class meeting, where you can learn from the teacher and interact with your classmates in real-time. At the beginning of the course, you will complete a survey indicating your preferred times for the class meeting. The teacher will make every effort to identify a meeting time that works for everyone. The teacher will also post recordings of the meetings and you can view them when it is convenient. 

The goal is that you walk away not only with practical skills and friendships, but that you are inspired and motivated to pursue your art and realize your potential.

Upcoming Course Dates

April 1 - 26, 2024 | Teen and adult sections

May 6 - 31, 2024 | Teen and adult sections




Teens: Grades 7-12

Adult Learners: 18+

Future Sessions

Academic Calendar

Meet the Faculty

Keith Contreras-McDonald

Instructor of Theatre

Questions? Speak with an Advisor.


Phone: 231.276.5990 

You can also schedule an appointment.

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