2015 EdTA China Young Thespian Festival

Theme: Scene
             Reader’s Theater
Date: 19 December, 2015
Registration: 13 December, 2015
Location: 261 Huangyang Road, Pudong, Shanghai (Shanghai Pinghe Bilingual School)
Who can attend: grade 6-12 in school students

What is…?

  • What is Monologue?
  • A monologue is a speech taken from a play that is presented by a single character, most often to express their mental thoughts aloud, though sometimes also to directly address another character or the audience.

  • What is Reader’s Theater?
  • Reader's theater is a method of reading a story aloud, like a play, without memorization, props, or a stage. Students are each assigned a character role and read their parts with expression, meaning and enthusiasm. Dramatic oral reading in a role-play reading format has proven to improve reading skills in a fun and engaging way.

  • What is a Scene?
  • A scene is a dialog between two people taken from a play that has a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Why do it?

  • To compete for a chance to win
  • To learn drama and related skills from experienced teachers and directors
  • To meet other students passionate about learning drama
  • To increase performance skills (public speaking, vocal projection, enunciation, confidence)
  • To Improve spoken English
  • To learn about opportunities in drama including camps, study abroad programs, and scholarships and auditions for universities abroad

Come to watch





Opening & Warm ups


Round robin in 3 themes  





Round robin in 3 themes


Final round in 3 themes

ITS ceremony


Judging Criteria

Students will be scored on professionalism (including Overall Performance, Focus and Interpretation) as well as pacing, voice and blocking. The students understanding of their character will also be adjudicated through physical characterization, blocking (justified movements made during the performance) and the vocal inflection used in the piece. Students should refer to the 2015 EdTA China Performance Rubric for clear direction on judging criteria.

2015 EdTA China Performance Rubric

Scene & Monologue


  • And/Or
  • Each student can compete in only one monologue and one scene category, or both.

  • You can choose your own script or pick from the EdTA China Database
  • If choosing a scene or monologue other than one that is provided in the scene and monologue database, it should be from a published play written for the theatre. Works from other forms such as poetry, fiction, or film are not permitted.

  • No….
  • No costumes, props, or theatrical make-up are allowed. This includes hand-held props (pen, phone, etc.).

  • Wearing Black
  • All students must wear black or dark clothing so as not to distract the judges.

  • Following procedure
  • All students must introduce themselves and include their name, their competition number, name of the character he/she is playing, title of the play, and name of the playwright.

  • Pair up on your own.
  • Participants of Scene should find a partner to perform with ahead of time.

  • Fully memorized
  • The monologue should be performed between 1-2 minutes. Students will be given a 10-second grace period. If the monologue exceeds 2:10, the judge will call "time" and the student is required to stop immediately. If he doesn't, he will be disqualified.
  • One chair may be used
  • Scene should be performed between 2-4 minutes. Each individual must be actively involved in the scene. The pairs will be given a 20-second grace period. If the scene exceeds 4:20, the judge will call "time" and the students are required to stop immediately. If they don't, they will be disqualified.
  • One or two chairs may be used.


Candidates can choose different categories to participate in based on their grade level.

High School Scene Dramatic
Monologue Dramatic
Middle School Scene Dramatic
Monologue Dramatic
  • Dramatic:
  • Dramatic monologues and texts focus on complicated situations that usually have high emotions such as sadness, anger, frustration, excitement, confusion, betrayal. If you are a reflective person who enjoys analyzing the world and who understands complex situations and people, dramatic texts would be a perfect match for you to bring these complexities to life.
  • Comedy:
  • Comedy monologues and texts have one goal: to make people laugh. If you have a great sense of humor and you love making people laugh, comedy monologues and scenes are perfect to let your creative and funny energy come through meaningful texts.
  • Shakespeare:
  • Shakespearean monologues and scenes are all texts that have been taken from famous plays written by William Shakespeare. If you enjoy topics of love, passion, tragedy and emotional turmoil, or if you want to challenge yourself by learning old English, rehearsing poetry, and performing some of the most famous lines in history, Shakespearean texts are just for you!


    High School

  • Dramatic Scene
  • Dramatic Monologue
  • Comedy Scene
  • Comedic Monologue
  • Shakespeare Scene
  • Shakespeare Monologue
  • Best Voice
  • Best Movement
  • Best Character
  • Critiques Choice

    Middle School

  • Dramatic Scene
  • Dramatic Monologue
  • Comedy Scene
  • Comedic Monologue
  • Shakespeare Scene
  • Shakespeare Monologue
  • Best Voice
  • Best Movement
  • Best Character
  • Critiques Choice



  • The judge will call each student by his competition number when it is his turn to perform.
  • Student sets the chair if he intends to use it.
  • Student states his name and competition number.
  • Student announces the name of the character he is playing, the play his monologue is from, and the name of the playwright.
  • The timer will begin once the student starts performing.
  • When the student is finished performing, he should say, "scene" or "thank you", bow his head, or make a similar gesture that indicates that he is finished.
  • Student will clear the chair (return it to the off-stage place) if he used it.
  • Student will return to his seat and remain quiet while the judge takes score.


  • The judge will call each pair by their competition number when it is their turn to perform.
  • Students set chairs if they intend to use them.
  • Students take turns to state their names and competition number.
  • Students announce the name of the characters they are playing, the play their scene is from, and the name of the playwright.
  • The timer will begin once the students start performing.
  • When the student is finished performing, one performer should say, "scene" or "thank you", bow his head, or make a similar gesture that indicates that they is finished.
  • Students will clear the chairs (return it to the off-stage place) if they used one.
  • Students will return to their seats and remain quiet while the judge takes score.

Script Database

Read script

Sample video




For students to prepare for the competition, they should pick a scene or monologue at least one month in advance and practice with a teacher or parent.

The scene or monologue should be age and content appropriate, and the students should relate to the characters they choose to play.

The scene or monologue must be blocked so that it can be performed in a small space (classroom).

Students should project their voices, never turn their backs to the audience, and lower their head(s) when they are finished performing.

Reader’s Theater


All candidates will be divided into different groups randomly. Each group will be assigned two tutors to learn the new script and practice their performance. After 3 round rehearsals, all groups will perform in the final round one by one to the public and trophies will be awarded based on the final score.

  • No….
  • No costumes, props, or theatrical make-up are allowed. This includes hand-held props (pen, phone, etc.).

  • Wearing Black
  • All students must wear dark clothing so as not to distract the judges.

Come to watch

Sample Video

Reader’s Theater


  • Funniest Improviser
  • Best Physicality
  • Best Character Actor
  • Best Team Player
  • Best Listener
  • Most Spontaneous
  • Greatest Risk-taker
  • Best Overall Improviser
  • Best Troupe


Workshop 1

Anything fabric: an introduction to Theatre of objects - With Nausicaa Giavarra

Through improvisation and theatre games the participants will experiment with the magic of theatre using simple pieces of fabric to express emotions and tell stories. This will enhance participant’s creativity, opening up new avenues to their imagination. A simple piece of fabric will become the sea in which the participants can happily play or a scary forest, a disorienting desert or a puppet with simple movement and the strength of imagination.

Nausicaa Giavarra
Nausicaa Giavarra was trained as a theatre actress and director at the International School for Professional Actors Jacques Lecoq in Paris and the International School of Performing Arts in London. She holds a MA in Theatre production (Sorbonne University) and she has been devising, performing and teaching Drama for the last 15 years in different countries. She looks forward to meet all the talented participants of the 3nd annual Young Thespians festival.

Workshop 2

Dancing for the Stage - With Kelly Duyn

In this workshop you will get to explore the world of musical theatre through dance. Learn a short dance combination made up of foundational dance steps to one of Broadway's high energy musical numbers from Pippin: "Magic to Do”. Not a dancer? No worries! This workshop is fun for both dancers and non-dancers.

Kelly Duyn
Kelly Duyn holds a B.A. in Theatre from The University of Central Florida. As a long time theatre teacher and director she is a member of The Educational Theatre Association as well as The National Speech and Debate Association. Kelly has worked on the hit American TV series “Nashville” as well as performed in many musicals and is a seasoned vocalist as well as an avid aerialist.

Workshop 3

Finding your Inner Poet - With James Ringer and Margaret Fitzpatrick, PhD

Students will discover the elements of voice in the poetry of Harlem Renaissance leader, Langston Hughes. Students will analyze the poem to identify tone, syntax, diction, and audience and then students will explore their own voice in reading, writing, and performing poetry.

James Ringer
“My name is James and I love to perform all sorts of writing. I've been introducing writing to students for close to 3 years and I'm excited to introduce to you the world of writing. I hope to inspire you to create beautiful writing using nothing more than a pencil, a piece of paper, and your wildest thoughts. ”James is the director of the Creative Reading and Writing program at ENREACH Shanghai.

Margaret Fitzpatrick
Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick is an expert in international English curriculum development with degrees from Stanford University and the University of Illinois, and experience teaching students from elementary school through graduate school in the United States, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Albania, and now China. She is passionate about teaching literature, history, and writing; and about fostering faith in every young person. Margaret is a senior research associate for ENREACH Education.

Workshop 4

Monologues and College Writing - With Michael Wert, Angie Glukhov, and Jennifer Quan

Stories come in many forms, and the ways in which we express them can have life-changing consequences, whether on stage or within the Common Application. Get together with CACS counselors to explore oral and written modes of self-expression. We'll work through these questions and more in a workshop on Monologues and College Writing.

Michael Wert
Michael Wert is a Director of College Counseling for CACS, and has worked with students across China to help them study and succeed in the US, UK, and Canada.

Angie Glukhov
Angie Glukhov is the Shanghai Regional Director with CACS and has worked for many years to help students achieve their academic dreams.

Jennifer Quan
As the Director of College Counseling at CACS, Jennifer Quan is passionate about helping students reach their full academic potential. For the last 8 years, she has worked in both Asia and North America, amassing expertise in admissions counseling, education management, international client management, corporate training, cross-cultural communication, and soft skills training.


Cecilia Garcia
Cecilia Garcia is happy to be returning to EdTA's Annual Young Thespians Festival as a judge after a running workshop for the event last year. Cecilia is an actress and vocalist from the UK, after graduating from the London School of Dramatic Art her work has included film, radio and several stage shows including A Clockwork Orange: The Musical which was an Edinburgh Festival sell out show. Cecilia worked as a singer for urban record label Other Side of the Road productions and is a voice over artist for animation, commercials and video games. Currently living in Shanghai, she is the co-founder of Starlight Drama which is an initiative that works closely with companies to develop their youth theatre and drama programs

Misha Kalhin
Misha Kalhin is a standup comedian. He is a regular at the Kung Fu Comedy room in Shanghai. You can see him perform every weekend. So bring your friends. When he’s not headlining, doing spotlight shows or opening for international stars like Tom Rhodes, DC Benny, Glen Wool and Storm Xu, he hosts a weekly variety open mic at the Suzhou Bookworm.

Aleksa Moss
Aleksa Moss has worked in professional capacity at The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan. She was a technical theatre adjudicator for many years 2003-2011 for the State of Michigan Thespian festival. This included the selection of students who would advance to the National completion along with recommendations for the state Thespian scholarship. Coupled with her judging experience she holds a degree in Theatre Studies with a focus on Aesthetics and Criticism and has written critical reviews of professional productions in both the US and Canada. She has a deep love of theatre and a passion for helping students find confidence and enjoyment through the arts.

Wencong Chen
Wencong Chen is a director, producer, playwright and actor. He produced an Athol Fugard series in Shanghai and Beijing. He is the former manager of Broadway Asia International. He conducts acting, directing and creative writing workshops in Shanghai and other cities, and has experiences in counseling, filmmaking, photography, TV and media.

Anthony William Norman Gates
Anthony William Norman Gates is a 19 year-old Australian who is studying at Shanghai Jiaotong University. “I have lived in many nations, such as Singapore, Malaysia and China. I am an actor who has performed in productions and a strong member of the Zmack Improv Family.”

Philip Boafo
Philip Boafo studied Theatre Arts for undergraduate degree with a major in Event Management from the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana and recently graduated with an MA in Intercultural Communication Studies at Shanghai Theatre Academy. Philip has been involved with stage performance for almost 12 years. He’s played various roles from Classical Shakespeare to Modern role types.

Paul Giblin
Paul Giblin is a Professional Actor born and raised in the North West of England where he began his dramatic career at the age of 14 in Scrooged the rock musical. He graduated from The Arden School of Theatre where he was awarded his BA in Acting Studies. He has continued acting in several theatre and TV productions including soap operas and notably playing the lead in The Fringe First award winning play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010 and a small appearance in the BAFTA award winning film. Paul currently works in Shanghai as a drama teacher, actor and director and is currently running Starlight Drama Clubs in several locations in Shanghai.