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Next Narratives Monologue Competition

(Formerly The August Wilson Monologue Competition)

Using material from contemporary BIPOC playwrights, the Next Narratives Monologue Competition empowers high school students by giving voice to modern issues. With assistance from Milwaukee Rep’s professional Teaching Artists, high school students will select a monologue, prepare for the competition, and have the chance to win cash prizes. There are three rounds of competition with two regional winners from Milwaukee receiving cash prizes (1st place: $600; 2nd place: $400; runner up: $100). Regional winners will move on to compete at the national level with an all-expense-paid trip to New York City to perform on a Broadway stage. This competition is open to all high school students from all backgrounds and ethnicities.

Milwaukee’s Regional Competition will take place in late February/early March.

Milwaukee Student Finishes in Top Six

On May 3, Milwaukee Rep finalist Yexuanj Rivera Melendez, from Milwaukee High School of the Arts, finished in the top six in the National August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) winning a $500 scholarship. Melendez performed a monologue from Jitney virtually, competing against 33 students from across the country. 2021 is the first year Milwaukee Rep was an official AWMC partner, which makes Melendez and fellow Milwaukee Rep finalist Fardowso Shidad the very first student to represent Milwaukee in the National finals. Congratulations to all the Milwaukee regional student competitors and the Milwaukee Rep Education team on a successful year participating in the AWMC.


Be in high school during the time of the competition. More details to come.


More details to come!

Competition Dates

More details to come!

Next Narratives Monologues

Students registered for the competition must choose a monologue from an approved list which will be provided on this site as soon as they are available. Monologues cannot be cut or changed in any way.

This competition is open to any ethnicity, age, or gender. Choose a monologue that piques your interest and speaks to you personally. The chosen character does not need to be representative of your age, gender, or ethnicity. 

About the Competition

The National Next Narratives Monologue Competition connects high school students to BIPOC playwrights of today. Students select and perform a monologue from a compendium of new works and will compete for the chance to win cash prizes and the opportunity to perform in New York City on a Broadway stage.

The Next Narratives Monologue Competition is a free arts education program celebrating the words of 50 contemporary Black playwrights, inspiring high school students to express themselves through theater. Founded at Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, the program is produced in collaboration with the national presenting partners True Colors Theatre Company.

Milwaukee Rep’s Next Narratives Monologue Competition participation is sponsored in part by:

Milwaukee Rep’s Spotlight Members