Orientation: Students will choose their monologue and learn all they need to know about the competition.



Auditions:  Students will not have to be available the entire day but will sign up for an hour-long slot. Students will perform their monologues in front of a panel of judges, who will select participants to move on to callbacks the following day.



Callbacks: Students that move on from the preliminary auditions will attend a “callback” workshop to work with director Shalanda Sims and other teaching artists. Out of these callbacks, 8-15 students will move on to receive Master Classes and compete in the Regional Finals.


Master Classes:  In these six Master Classes, semi-finalists will receive training from professional actors and teaching artists to prepare them for the Regional Finals. Participants will be.

Regional Finals: Semi-Finalists compete, and 2 students will be selected as Portland’s Regional Finalists. The third-place winner will receive $100, the second-place winner will receive $250, and the first-place winner will receive $500. First and second-place students will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York for a chance to compete at the National Competition Finals on Broadway.



National Finals: The first and second place regional winners from each city will compete at the National Finals. Students must be available for four full days of travel. World Stage Theatre will provide chaperones. Parents, guardians, teachers, and other family and friends are welcome but will need to pay their own way. Portland’s Regional Finalists, along with those from other cities, will see a Broadway production (or two!) and take in popular New York sites before competing. Students compete in front of a panel of celebrity judges. The night’s festivities also include performances by surprise theatrical and musical guests.

Registration for the 2021-2022 Next Narrative Monologue Competition is closed. Questions? Please email if you have any questions.