The Next Narrative Monologue Competition (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.

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!

Founded by True Colors Theater 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.

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Students: Registration for the NNMC opens in October 2021. Check back here for more information! 

Educators: The NNMC will launch in Fall 2021 with 50-minute informational workshops available to schools and community organizations. Contact us to book a no-commitment informational workshop for your class or group today.

Aidan Cazeau and Alexis Jackson competing in the 2020 August Wilson Monologue Competition. Photos by Angela Nickerson.