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True Colors' Next Narrative Monologue CompetitionTM (NNMC) features newly created works from fifty of America's leading contemporary Black playwrights that engage students of all backgrounds in artful exploration of 21st century themes, while instilling confidence in all to find their voices. 

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Founded by True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, the NNMC mission is to celebrate the rich tradition of Black storytelling while giving voice to bold artists of all cultures. This Black storytelling lens is not exclusionary, but provides an inclusive portal to new worlds and the truths therein.

In each participating region, students progress through three competition rounds: Preliminaries, Semi-Finals, and Regional Finals. Then, the top two winners from each regional competition participate in the National Finals, receiving an all-expense-paid trip to New York City that includes workshops with theater professionals, tickets to a Broadway show, the chance to win a cash prize, and more!

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Register now to join the 2022/23 Seattle region Next Narrative Monologue Competition! All high school-aged youth (grades 9-12) living in Washington state are encouraged to participate.

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Free 50-minute informational workshops are available to schools and community organizations. The NNMC program aims to:

  • Introduce students to today’s leading contemporary Black writers
  • Expose students to acting techniques that enhance their knowledge of the art and skill of performance
  • Utilize the arts to support students in making co-curricular connections through a variety of themes
  • Investigate how history and culture influence personal perspective through artful exploration
  • Embolden students to use their voices to inspire social action 

Request a no-commitment virtual or in-person informational workshop for your class or group today!

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About True Colors Theatre Company

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company is a nonprofit regional theater company based in Atlanta, GA. True Colors Theatre Company’s mission is to celebrate the rich tradition of Black storytelling while giving voice to bold artists from all cultures. We add dimension and relevance to our work on the stage through community events and education programming. The vision of Artistic Director Jamil Jude is for the company to thrive at the intersection of artistic excellence and civic engagement.


Aidan Cazeau and Alexis Jackson. Photos by Angela Nickerson.