Atlanta Regional Competition

It’s that Atlanta energy, a vibe like none other that influences everything – from being the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement to the epicenter of southern hip-hop to home of the fiercest theatrical talent on the planet. Atlanta. It makes sense that we’re developing 21st century monologue content + delivery, right here, with the Next NarrativeTM Monologue Competition (NNMC). More than a competition, Atlanta’s best and brightest high school artists amplify creativity at the intersection of artistic excellence and civic engagement. For our 2022-23, season we’re leaning more into what it means to develop the whole student, not just the performer. And for Atlanta’s educators, NNMC is another resource to help support the emotional-social learning component of school systems’ curricula. We are here for all of this!

Introducing Our Faculty

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dr candi dugas

Associate Producer
I’m always about seeking complete freedom. Sometimes our existential circumstances are (far) less than that; so, we need to have it inside – where, bayyyyy-bee, no one outside can touch it! I LOVE that NNMC helps us provide untouchable freedom for our young people.

Brad Raymond

Team Lead
NNMC is important because it does more than just give students the opportunity to interact with the work of some of America’s most innovative contemporary Black writers. Also, we as an artistic community of teaching artists, drama educators, and non-profit arts leaders create safe, brave space for students.

Terry Henry

Team Lead
It is my objective as an NNMC ATL Team Lead to enhance the lives of generations to come, keep them inspired and motivated in the arts, and remind everyone that they are a part of divinity, hence the cliche “art imitates life.” We are all creative beings in a divinely created world and everything we do is art.

Markell Williams

Teaching Artist
NNMC is important to me because it’s another way to ensure that black voices and stories are seen + heard, and it offers an opportunity for a black artist to discover themselves in the piece and NOT attempt to “fit” themselves in a body of work that was never meant or intended for them.

David Rucker III

Teaching Artist
The importance of NNMC lies in the fact that this competition specifically gives voice both to African American playwrights and to the youth and adult practitioners, making sure these particular stories are told. As an African American writer and actor, I feel compelled to fight against practices that tell our stories only from the European background and perspective!

Michael Mario Good

Teaching Artist
NNMC provides students the opportunity to exhibit their character while embracing the human spirit through literature, teaching students about people and the world in which we live. I experience the importance of NNMC in how it speaks to the heart of who we are, who we can be, and who we want to become.

Justen Ross

Teaching Artist
I’m clear that it’s because of how my life has been changed in more ways than one by True Colors Theatre Company that I’m making waves today in my career at a rapid pace. From being the 2016 1st place winner of its high school student monologue competition, I’m here now as a teaching artist to return the favor for a new cohort of high schoolers!

Raven Pace

Teaching Artist
Finding great significance serving as a Teaching Artist with NNMC, as an artist that comes from the cracks in history who has built herself around being black, being queer, and being a God-fearing woman. She has traveled from the south to north learning and observing the purpose of storytelling.

Our Training Process:

This season’s faculty trained in LAMOA, the Living Authentically Method of Artistry developed by Jade Lambert-Smith of The Everyday Actor. LAMOA uses a variety of embodied and introspective tools to encourage artists in developing their authentic voices while grounding in a foundation of emotional balance, personal advocacy, and valiant space–clutch for NNMC’s emotionally charged and socially relevant content. They also trained with 2022-23 Reiser Art Lab recipient, Frankie Mulinix, who led the team through voice/breath work and body awareness. Read more below about our trainers.

Introducing Our Trainers

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Jade Lambert-Smith

Jade Lambert-Smith, is a theatre practitioner who is intentional about curating opportunities and increasing visibility for innovative creatives. She is a proud director-dramaturg, who previously served as the theatre director and troupe director at Tri-Cities High School, instructor of acting at Spelman College and as artistic associate, dramaturg, and teaching artist at the Alliance Theatre.

Frankie Mulinix

Frankie is a butoh-based dancer, performance artist, emcee, producer, dramaturge, choreographer, director, teacher, and intimacy choreographer. Through Vibrance: Centre for Voice and Movement, Frankie provides culturally-competent voice, movement, and performance training to performers and business professionals.

Our Partner Schools:

We are so excited to partner with these Metro Atlanta high schools
for the Next NarrativeTM Monologue Competition:

NNMC Participant: Midtown High School

Midtown High School

929 Charles Allen Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

NNMC Participant: South Atlanta High School

South Atlanta High School

800 Hutchens Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30354

NNMC Participant: ME Stillwell School of the Arts

Martha Ellen Stilwell
School of the Arts

2580 Mt Zion Pkwy
Jonesboro, GA 30236

NNMC Participant: New Manchester High School

New Manchester High School

4925 Hwy 92
Douglasville, GA 30135

NNMC Participant: Heritage High School

Heritage High School

2400 Granade Rd SW
Conyers, GA 30094

Tri-Cities High School

2575 Harris St
East Point, GA 30344

Upcoming Events:

NNMC Citywide Masterclasses:

Join us for 2 masterclass events that will help prepare you to compete in the 2022-23 Next NarrativeTM Monologue Competition. (If you are not attending one of our residency schools, you must attend 2 masterclass events to compete.) Along with establishing a solid foundation on authentic artistry and 21st century monologue performance, you will learn the following from some of the best artists practicing: spoken word, non-traditional monologue methods, physical acting + breathwork/vocal production. The classes will be on Saturdays, Jan 21st and Mar 4th, from 10a-2p. Click below to learn more and sign up.

NNMC Preliminaries:

Soon you’ll be able to choose which night you attend preliminaries for this year’s Next NarrativeTM Monologue Competition. Until then, make sure that you have marked your calendar to hold weekday evenings in mid-March for our preliminary rounds. We will soon have 2 weekday evenings that you can choose from, hosted by Metro Atlanta high schools.

NNMC Finals Weekend – March 24-26, 2023:

Designed by NNMC students this weekend will be another exhilarating experience for our competitors, coaches, parents, teachers, and the entire True Colors Theatre Company Team! Sending two (2) winning students to an all-expense paid trip to New York City to compete at the historic Apollo Theatre begins with Semi-Finals on Friday, rehearsals on Saturday, and the competition on Sunday, followed by a delectable reception of desserts and warm drinks. Students, if you have not registered yet, you may do so here. ALL adults, mark your calendars for Sunday, March 26th, 3p at the Woodruff Arts Center to witness powerful performances by some of Atlanta’s most promising young artists.


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