Glenn Alterman


Author  of
The Most Published Original Monologues For Actors

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"Alterman is doing in dramatic terms, what Pablo Picasso did in art"

--Stephen Minot, Editor, Three Genres, The Writing of Literary Prose, Poetry and Plays

Glenn is probably best known for his many published original monologues and 10-minute plays. With over 1000 published monologues and ten books of published monologues, he is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and at as “The Author of The Most Published Original Monologues For Actors.”


To date he has had nearly 500 productions of his plays, including 200 productions of his original monologues on three continents.


Glenn has won over 60 playwriting competitions.  His work has been performed and won honors at Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theater (EST), Circle in the Square Downtown, HERE, LaMaMa, Playwrights Horizons, Deep South Writers Conference, Showtime's Act One Playwrights Contest, Pittsburgh New Works festival,  Beverly Hills Rep, The Bloomington Playwrights Project, The Samuel French One-Act Playwrights Competition, The West Bank Café Downstairs Theater, and at many other theaters all over the U.S. and throughout Europe.


His work has been published by Playscripts, Smith and Kraus, Applause, Indi Theater Now, JAC Publishing, Meriwether, Prentice Hall, Pearson,  and Skyhorse Publishing.


His plays and monologues have appeared in over 30 “Best  of the Year” anthologies.

His most recent book, “Writing The 10-Minute Play” (Limelight Editions, Hal Leonard

Corporation) is now used by many college theater arts departments and acting conservatories.

You can read some of his plays at the NEW PLAY EXCHANGE.

You can purchase some of his monologues at MONOLOGUE BANK.COM and  at PERFORMERS STUFF.COM

To learn about Glenn's coaching and seminars click here.


WINNER: RECORD-SETTER.COM “Author- Most Published Original Monologues for Actors” (presently 1002 monologues) 

AWARDED: Guinness Book of World Records  “Author- Most Published Original Monologues For Actors”

DITMAS is on track to be the MOST PRODUCED 10-MINUTE PLAY IN THE WORLD.  There have been over twenty five productions already and there are over 50 productions scheduled for 2018 in the  U.S.,  Spain, Germany,  and Israel.  


The grant is “ Pour développer une collection de courtes pièces de theater’ (To develop a collection of short plays).


….Awarded on the basis of excellence in writing full-length work or shorter pieces for the theater. ….Funds that accompany the awards are to be used by the playwright to further his or her artistic endeavors.

The main judge, ARTHUR GIRON (Former Head of the Graduate Playwriting program/ Carnegie Mellon, founding member of EST)-- “Mr. Alterman, is a playwright, who, in the tradition of Tennessee Williams and William Inge, has the ability to reveal great truths in a deep, quiet voice”.  
The other judges: “Glenn Alterman’s works will grab your attention, please your senses, and delight your soul” “Multi dimensional characters in fascinating situations. Glenn Alterman has a knack for telling a story in very subtle ways; his lovely plays unfold in an organic, natural manner”.

Recently completed THE BEST MONOLOGUES FOR ALL AUDITIONS (AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR THEM!) for Smith and Kraus Publishers, my THIRTIETH  book, my 10th book of original monologues 

Author, Thirty Theater Related Books (including 10 Books of Original Monologues Books.) Click here

 Plays and Monologues Published in THRTY-ONE "Best of the Year Anthologies


Awarded Alfred T. Nunez Arts Grant For Playwriting


Winner, Arts and Letters Award in Drama (For The Sealing Of Ceil)


Winner, Reva Shiner Award, Bloomington Playwrights Project (For Nobody’s Flood)


Winner, The Three Genres Playwriting Award (twice)  (For Coulda-Woulda-Shoulda). Includes cash prize,  and publication (in several editions) of the widely used college textbook, “The Three Genres, The Writing Of Poetry, Fiction, and Drama” . The play was used as the “model” of the 10-minute play


Winner "Best Play"   (For Second Tiers)- After Folsom Short Play Festival, Berlin, Germany


Winner of "Premio - Primer Premio Del Juez"-JUDGES AWARD FIRST PRIZE  (for Time Wounds All Heels), in the Like Family (Al Igual Que La Familia) short play Festival in Barcelona, Spain.


Publication, "Writing the 10-Minute Play". Published by Hal Leonard Corporation (Applause). Wrote the book on how to write 10-minute plays. One of the most widely used college theater textbooks on writing 10-minute plays.


Playwright Mentor (Instructor/Dramaturg) , Last  Frontier Playwrights Conference, (called Edward Albee Theater Conference then), Valdez, Alaska


Co-Chair of the Miramax Playwrights Group


Winner-- of over 60 national and international playwriting competitions.


Six Time Finalist- Actors Theater of Louisville National 10-Minute Play Contest


News & Events

After over 40 productions in the U.S. and Europe, and being included in a Smith and Kraus "Best" anthology, my play DITMAS is now published by HEUER Publishing

My plays SUNSET AT SANTORINI and NOBODY'S FLOOD (Reva Shiner winner)  are now published/licensed by HEUER PUBLISHING. 

Delighted and honored to be invited by EMMY, OLIVIER, and THREE time TONY AWARD WINNING PRODUCER, JIM KIERSTEAD (Hadestown, Kinky Boots, The Inheritance - and many other Broadway plays), to participate in the launch of something new and very exciting- BROADWAY VIRTUAL (along with CHRISTIAN BORLE, JULIE TAYLOR, TARA RUBIN, DANNY BURSTEIN, ANDRE DeSHIELDS, among others. I did a videotaped a MASTER CLASS now airing..

My play BENCHMARKS was published by HEUER PUBLISHING.


My play YOURS AND MINE is a winner in the BIRDHOUSE THEATRE -EDGEFEST 2020 Festival. My play UNHEARD was a runner up

"BART", a monologue from my play BAR N(ONE) was videotaped to be part of the Homebound series by the British Theater Company, Mind the Gap. It is now available for viewing.


My play UNHEARD will be published/licensed by HEUER publishing later this year.

My monologue LILY from my play BAR N(ONE) was chosen to be in THE BEST WOMENS MONOLOGUES, 2021 (APPLAUSE)

My book of original monologues and monologues from my plays, WINNING MONOLOGUES IN TODAY'S WORLD (AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE) 2020 will published in July by Smith and Kraus Publishers

My play, THE DANGER OF STRANGERS, which originally starred James Gandolfini and Susan Aston, and has received over FORTY productions- was optioned by DOUBLE J PRODUCTIONS, to be made into a fiull length feature film. I will be receiving "Writer" credit.

I have three monologues from different plays that have been videotaped by Actors Collective Toledo, now on U-Tube. 

My play YOURS AND MINE (AKA THE PAIN IN THE POETRY) received a production by the PARISH PLAYERS (Thetford, Vermont)- November 7-17thg

My book, AN ACTOR'S GUIDE-MAKING IT IN NEW YORK CITY, 3rd EDITION  (Allworth, Skyhorse publications) is now published.

My monologue ALICE (from Tourists of the Mindfield) will be published in the upcoming Applause publication, THE BEST WOMEN'S MONOLOGUES OF 2019)

YOURS AND MINE, Stray Kats Theater Company, June 7-9, Newton, Connecticut


SOMETHING PRIVATE (Mary Baldwin Theatre),  May 8-11, Staunton, Virginia


TIME WOUNDS ALL HEELS in Luna Dramatique festival at Art Sake Studios in Orlando Florida, April 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th.

My monologue CEIL to be in 100 MONOLOGUES FROM NEW PLAYS - Women (Applause) 


My play BENCHMARKS will be part of Winding Road Theater Ensembles short play festival April 25th through May 5th 

Received A 2019 FRENCH ARTS AWARD to further develop my short plays in my new collection, A BENCH, A TABLE and TWO CHAIRS. All of the plays in the collection received previous productions, won awards and appeared "BEST SHORT PLAYS" anthologies.


THREE MONOLOGUES (two from my play AFTER, one from NOBODY'S FLOOD, now published in CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR THE NEW THEATER (Applause Theater and Cinema Books)

THE SEALING OF CEIL, the winner of The Arts an Letters Award In Drama, has been OPTIONED for TV

DITMAS was selected (out of over 500 plays) to be in the Pick of the Vine Festival (LITTLE FISH THEATER COMPANY in California).

DITMAS recently received a production at  by NYLON FUSION THEATER COMPANY (New York)  play festival.



Interview With The Playbill Collector


Commisioned Productions


Commissioned by D.I.F.F.A. (Design Industries Foundation for AIDS) Book for HEARTSTRINGS.
Completed the book for the musical that toured the country (35 cities), cast of 30, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Joel Grey, Marlo Thomas,  Barbara Cook, Tommy Tune, Jason Bateman, Stephen Collins, Julie Hagerty, Linda Lavin, Madeline Potter, Ron Silver, Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Holiday



Commissioned by E. Weissman Productions  to write the Book (Original Monologues) for KISS ME WHEN IT’S OVER, the musical, that starred  and was directed by Andre DeShields (Wayne Cilento, choreographer) (LaMama)





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