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Next Narrative™
Monologue Competition

The Next Narrative™ Monologue Competition is a national program for high school students featuring the work of contemporary Black playwrights. The competition, created by Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company of Atlanta, GA, gives students the opportunity to deliver powerful, contemporary monologues from modern playwrights including Robert O’Hara, Candrice Jones, Josh Wilder, James Tyler and more.

Milwaukee Rep is one of many regional cities participating and is offering workshops across the city and virtually to prepare students in the selection and rehearsal of their monologue. At the regional competition on February 15, two students will win cash prizes and the opportunity to represent Milwaukee on an all-expense-paid trip to New York City. Students will compete against other regional city competitors at The Apollo Theatre in Harlem for additional scholarships and prizes. 

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Milwaukee Regionals Schedule

Milwaukee’s Regionals will be held in Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse Theater at 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 15.

Audition RegistrationOpens November 7, 2022
AuditionsJanuary 3, 2023
Semi-FinalsJanuary 10, 2023
Student/Parent OrientationJanuary 14, 2023
Milwaukee Regionalist WorkshopJanuary 21, 2023
Milwaukee Regionalist WorkshopJanuary 28, 2023
Milwaukee Regionalist WorkshopFebruary 4, 2023
Milwaukee Regionalist WorkshopFebruary 11, 2023
Milwaukee RegionalFebruary 15, 2023

After Milwaukee Regionals, the Milwaukee Regionalists will be invited to continue training with Milwaukee Rep to build an ensemble that will create potential theater pieces to be performed in the community throughout the summer. Milwaukee Regionalists will be hired as part-time staff during the summer to rehearse and perform their pieces in the community.

Training for Milwaukee Regionals

Free training opportunities leading up to auditions will be offered in partnerships with schools and organizations throughout the city. 

Monday Night NNMC Workshops will take place at Milwaukee Repertory Theater every Monday night at 5:00-6:30pm from October 17 to December 19 (no class on 11/21 to observe Thanksgiving week).

Saturday Afternoon NNMC Workshops in partnership with First Stage will take place at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC) every Saturday from 1:30-3:00pm from October 15 to December 17 (no class on 11/26 to observe Thanksgiving week).

You do not have to participate in training to audition, but it is highly encouraged! Training will include acting, choosing a monologue, developing your character, audition tips and tricks, and more.

Auditions and Semi-Finals will be held to select ten Milwaukee Regionalists to move on to the competition. Milwaukee Regionalists will participate in REQUIRED training on Saturdays leading up to the competition. Saturday trainings will include ensemble work, monologue coaching, understanding the text, auditioning with a monologue, deep exploration of the judge’s criteria, and more. Meals will be provided.

Student/Parent OrientationJanuary 14, 2023
Milwaukee Regionalist WorkshopJanuary 21, 2023
Milwaukee Regionalist WorkshopJanuary 28, 2023
Milwaukee Regionalist WorkshopFebruary 4, 2023
Milwaukee Regionalist WorkshopFebruary 11, 2023
Milwaukee Regional Auditions

Audition Registration is now open! CLICK HERE to register.

Auditionees must select a monologue from the approved compendium. Contact Jarvell Williams at jwilliams@milwaukeerep.com to get the monologue options.

Ten participants will be selected to move on to Milwaukee’s Regional Competition. There will be two rounds of auditions.

  1. The first round will be the initial audition for a group of judges that will move up to 20 students to semi-finals. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 3. An addition audition date may be available if needed.
  2. The second round will be semi-finals on January 10, where a group of judges will select the ten Milwaukee Regionalists.

National Finals – Monday, May 8

The National Finals will be held at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City that includes:  

  • Workshops with theater professionals
  • Performance at the Apollo Theater
  • Ticket to a Broadway show
  • Cash prizes for the top three winners

Additionally, Milwaukee Regionalists received cash prizes for their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. The Milwaukee Regionalists will also be given private acting coaching leading up to nationals.

2021/22 Regional Winners included:

  • First Place Milwaukee Regionals; Nationals Third Place Winner: Alexandria Woods, 11th grade at Rufus King IB High School, monologue – “One Second” by Rachel Lynett
  • Second Place Milwaukee Regionals: Terynn Erby-Walker, 11th grade at Golda Meir High School, monologue – “Why Am I Returning the Dress?” by Stacey Rose
  • Runner-Up Milwaukee Regionals: Ana Gutierrez, 12th grade at Ronald Reagan IB High School, monologue – “The Blues” by Star Finch
Headshot photo of Alexandria Woods
Alexandria Woods
First Place
Headshot photo of Terynn Erby-Walker
Terynn Erby-Walker
Second Place
Headshot photo of Ana Gutierrez
Ana Gutierrez
Runner-Up
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Headshot photo of
Alexandria Woods
First Place
Headshot photo of
Terynn Erby-Walker
Second Place
Headshot photo of
Ana Gutierrez
Runner-Up