Next Narrative Monologue Competition


True Colors’ Next Narrative Monologue Competition™ features True Colors-commissioned works from 50 of America’s leading contemporary Black playwrights that engage students in artful exploration of 21st century themes, while instilling confidence in all to find their voices.

This free program serves high school students, grades 9 – 12. Each participating region holds up to three rounds of competition – preliminaries, semi-finals and finals – with the top two winners of each region’s finals going on to compete in the National Finals in New York City, contingent on travel and gathering guidelines. The all-expense paid trip to New York includes workshops and master classes with theatre professionals, a trip to a Broadway show, the opportunity to perform on stage in New York City, and cash scholarships for the top three National winners.

The objectives of the Next Narrative Monologue Competition are 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, investigate how history and culture influence personal perspective through artful exploration, and embolden students to use their voices to inspire social action. The compendium for the program, which has been commissioned by True Colors Theatre Company and published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, includes original monologues from contemporary Black playwrights on the themes of Class, Gender, Ableism/Inclusivity, Relationship to technology, Family/Community, Cultural celebration/competency, Global warming/environmental, Immigration/international relationships, Social/emotional/physical health and abstract/non-thematic.

Information about the Next Narrative Monologue Competition in Boston:

  • The Next Narrative Monologue Competition is open to students of Massachusetts in grades 9-12.
  • Workshops will be held twice a week at the BCA Artist Studios from 6PM-8PM for the first three weeks. The location of the 4th week of classes is currently TBA.
  • Workshops will take place from February 28th, 2022- March 26th, 2022.
  • Students interested in competing in the Next Narrative Monologue Competition must register for and attend workshops.


Registration for the 2022 Next Narrative Monologue Competition in Boston has closed. For more information on The Next Narrative Monologue Competition in Boston, email

Interested participants must be fully vaccinated by the first in person class. This includes the 14 day period after the final vaccination. Participants will need to provide proof of vaccination upon registration by emailing Meg O’Brien, Director of Education at


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