MASQ Virtual Regional 2 Asynchronous Speech

2024 — Online, NE/US

Our competition will use SpeechWire - please visit this site to register:

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Dear Coach: We are cordially inviting you and/or your students to participate in The MASQ (Making Art while Socially Quarantined) hosted by The Perfect Performance, LLC. The MASQ Virtual Regional #2 will be in February 2-4, 2024.

The MASQ originated in 2020, when Covid made in-person tournaments an impossibility. This asynchronous tournament format has been quite popular, resulting in us continuing to offer it as an alternate or addition to your current live competition schedule. Having students videotaping their performances is an important educational tool and this competition provides an opportunity to submit those videos and get critiques from a nationwide panel of experts.

There are no qualification pre-requisites for a student to enter this tournament. This competition is open to all middle and high school students, provided your state association permits online and national competition. We will offer two divisions: the JV division will be for middle school and first-year (novice) high school competitors. Any experienced high school students should enter the OPEN division. As long as entries warrant, we will offer competition in both divisions. If necessary, divisions may be collapsed for preliminary, but then separated for elimination rounds. If you do not coach a middle school program, please consider forwarding this information to those in your area who do.

The MASQ is designed to give competitors a competitive digital experience with competitive costs and no judge requirements. This competition will serve as a qualifier for the NIETOC national competition next May. For the eight NIETOC events within the OPEN division, finalists will receive an automatic qualification and semifinalists/quarterfinalists will earn a bid (if entries warrant) in each event. Each student must submit a single-take (non-edited) videotaped performance in one or more of the following events: Dramatic Interp, Humorous Interp, Program Interp, Original Oratory, Informative, Prose, Poetry, Duet Acting, Duo Interp, Extemp and Declamation. Students can enter as many events as they wish. For all events except Extemp, the same video will be used for all rounds of competition. Extempers will submit two videos – one for each prelim and a second video to be used for ALL elimination rounds. Extemp topics will be posted by January 22nd.

Fees are $40 per event and a $150 per school judging fee (schools do not have to provide any judges as all judges will be hired by the tournament). All entries are due by January 22. A late fee of $15 per entry will apply to those added before January 26, after which no entries will be accepted. Payments (or proof of payment) are due by January 27; videos and legal forms are also due by Jan 27. Unpaid entries after January 29 will be dropped from the competition. Entry fees are non-refundable. You will receive the official invoice on January 23 and can pay via Quickbooks or with a check.

We are planning for three preliminary rounds, quarterfinals (if entries warrant), semifinals and finals. Performances will be judged and critiqued by a nationwide panel of experts who specialize in forensics and theatre. Electronic ballots (with videotaped performances embedded) will be used and educational critiques will be provided to the students immediately following the competition. Students are not required to be present for any part of the tournament.

Planned awards include trophies and medals. The top three teams will receive trophies.


1-Confirm receipt/acceptance of legally binding document. Coaches registering multiple students will be sent directions for how to do this for each individual.

2-Submit your entries in each of the various categories.

3-Provide piece information (titles/topics)

4-Click on Current Invoice to submit a check or PO. A Quickbooks link will be sent if you prefer to pay fees electronically.

5-Record and upload video (Because it will not allow you to advance without adding information, we recommend adding the words ‘PENDING’ here until you are able to provide the final video clip link.)

6-Once all steps are completed and verified for every entry, your participation will be officially approved and you will receive a confirmation email. Any missing steps will appear on the Registration Page as a ‘Not Yet Approved’ statement in red.

Details regarding our events, schedule, rules and video submission procedures are also available under the ‘Files for Download’ feature of our SpeechWire tournament page.

Questions regarding registration should be directed to Matt Heimes, Tournament Manager, at or by texting/calling 402-310-4153.

Sincerely, Demond Wilson Owner & Founder, The Perfect Performance, LLC