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THE 250 Acting (Audition for Theatre): Find Books

This guide is designed to assist students with researching information on preparing for an audition.

Catalog Subject Headings

Click on the links below to search these topics in the catalog.

[Some auditions also require that you prepare a song, so links to these topics are also included.]

PCC Library Books

Continue your research by finding books (videos, DVDs, etc.) about your topic.  Tip:  Good actors read the full text of a play before auditioning for it!

Search the Library Catalog



Tips for seaching the catalog:

  • USE simple words or phrases, like "monologue" or "audition".
  • AVOID typing in long phrases, such as "What did Elizabethan theaters look like?"
  • Searching for a particular play?  Use the dropdown menu by clicking on the arrow above, change your search to a "Title" search and type in the title of the play.
  • Also try a "Word" search by typing in the title of a play--you may find the play in a collection of plays.
  • Searching for a particular playwright?  Use the dropdown menu by clicking on the blue arrow above, change your search to an "Author" search and type in the name of the author, last name first--for example "Miller, Arthur".
  • Limit your seach to a specific campus by clicking  .
  • Request books from another campus by clicking




Looking for Plays (scripts)

If you just want to browse the plays we have:

  • you don't have a particular play
  • you don't have a particular playwright
  • you don't have a particular theatrical style or genre (Greek, comedy, one-acts, commedia, N¯o theatre, etc.)

Enter the word "plays" in the search box shown below.




Choosing a Monologue

Many auditions will require that you prepare and memorize at least one monologue.

You should exercise some care in choosing a monologue.  Locating one in a collection of monologues can be a starting point.

If you find something interesting, you should read the entire play so that you completely understand the monologue.

Good actors are well-prepared.