Hamilton Fringe

Now in its 18th season, the Hamilton Fringe creates a platform for independent, emerging, and established theatre artists in Hamilton.

2021 Monologue SLAM

Hamilton Monologue SLAM and Theatre PD Day!

Every year, the ALERT Team presents the annual Hamilton Monologue SLAM, a fundraising event for Frost Bites. For the second year, we present a full day of professional development workshops in our (now virtual) PD Day event.

Hamilton Monologue SLAM

The 2021 Monologue SLAM will be held online on Saturday, March 27th, 2020 at 7pm.

The application form can be accessed here!

Tickets for audience members are $12 + HST + fees and can be purchased here!

How It Works (Applicants):
In round one, selected performers will present a 2.5-minute, pre-recorded, published monologue of their choice and receive feedback from the judges. The judges will choose three performers to compete in round two, where they will have an opportunity to incorporate their feedback and perform live online. Audience members will vote to decide which of the final three performers will be crowned Hamilton’s Monologue SLAM Champion!

All applicants to the Monologue SLAM will be granted FREE ENTRY to the evening’s event (if you complete the application form online and submit the fee, you will be added to the guest list). Scroll down to the bottom of the page to apply.

For Audience Members:
A night of live theatre, including some insights into the magic of performing. Ever wonder how an actor adjusts to feedback, what it means to work with a director, what it must feel like to perform in front of a live audience? Come watch Hamilton’s finest emerging and established actors tackle it all in this year’s Monologue SLAM!

This event is open to all ages, although some of the monologues may have adult content.

Meet Our Judges


Aaron Jan is a Hamilton born theatremaker. He has worked as a creator with Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, Theatre Aquarius, fu-GEN, Soulpepper, the Musical Stage Company and most recently as a commissioned playwright with York University. Aaron is the 2019 winner of the Ken McDougall directing Award and is one half of Porch Light Theatre, a Hamilton-based company that aims to create a consistent, paid culture of new play development within the city. In 2020, Porch Light alongside Industry Theatre Company founded the Garden Project, an initiative that raised $18000 in four weeks to seed 4 projects from local BIPOC artists. aaronchihojan.wixsite.com/home.

Marie Beath Badian is a playwright, performer, director and arts educator. Marie Beath is best known for her play Prairie Nurse, which was commissioned and premiered at the Blyth Festival Theatre in Blyth, Ontario in 2013. Since then it has been produced across the country to sold-out audiences and enthusiastic acclaim. Marie Beath has worked with several Outreach and Education Programs including Cahoots Theatre Projects/Crossing Gibraltar, Children’s Peace Theatre, The Paprika Festival, Theatre Revolve, Theatre Passe Muraille, Roseneath Theatre and Young People’s Theatre. She is the founder and Artistic Director of SMOOTHIELAND Performance Projects – a new TYA company specializing in Custom-blended Episodic Youth Theatre. Marie Beath is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

Matthew MacFadzean is an actor and writer in tv and theatre. He went to McGill University, the National Theatre School, and the Canadian Film Centre. He is a founding member of Hamilton’s Industry. www.industrypresents.com. 

The evening is hosted by actor and comedian Justin Shaw.
Justin Shaw is an actor, writer and comedian currently based in Hamilton, Ontario, and originally from Prince Edward Island (and if you’re also from Prince Edward Island, his dad probably knows your dad.) His solo show The Wrestling Play has been featured in Edmonton’s Nextfest Arts & Culture Festival, and earned the 2017 Patron’s Pick distinction at the Island Fringe Festival. He hosts and entertains with Hub of the Hammer, and hosts the Half A Star podcast. Most recently he was selected to share a story on Mike Birbiglia’s Working It Out Virtual Comedy Show, and gave a presentation at TEDxMcGill. His first job was cutting grass at Canada’s smallest library.

Theatre PD Day Online!

For the second year running, the Hamilton Fringe is pleased to offer a full day of affordable professional development opportunities for local theatre artists, concluding with the annual Hamilton Monologue SLAM.

Click HERE for Full Schedule of Workshops and Events.

Register HERE today!

Hamilton Fringe is proud to offer our accessible ticketing model for this event.
Theatre P. D. Day Pass: $45 for workshops, panel & SLAM + HST + fees
Individual Workshop Tickets available in three tiers: (includes access to panel):

  • $7 + HST (fees waived);
  • $20 + HST + fees;
  • $35 + HST + fees

Monologue SLAM: $12 + HST + fees
Panel: FREE (register in advance).

Register HERE now.


Theatre PD Day/the Monologue SLAM is supported by
the incite Foundation for the Arts and Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund.


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