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Press Release: Barter Theatre Announces Black Stories Black Voices Monologue Competition and Free Monologue Writing Workshop

By July 31, 2022September 15th, 2023No Comments


In order to ensure that the stories of our Black Appalachian communities are told on our stages, Barter Theatre has created Black Stories Black Voices (BSBV), which involves actively seeking out Black Appalachian plays and playwrights. The BSBV Monologue competition hopes to connect Black playwrights (wherever they are located) with stories from Black Appalachian communities, so that we can:

  • Create monologues that can be developed into full-length plays

  • Create/produce a canon of work that explores the Black Appalachian experience, both past and present

  • Establish and cultivate relationships with Black playwrights and other Black theatre artists

  • Give our audience accessibility to a new perspective on life in Appalachia

Submission Guidelines:

  • Playwright must be Black.

  • Monologues must be written using these prompts:  (CLICK HERE FOR THE 2022 PROMPTS )

  • Monologues must be 5-7 minutes in length (190 words = 1 minute).

  • Monologues must be submitted electronically.

Please submit monologues to:

Deadline for submission: December 1st, 2022

5 monologues will be selected to be performed at “SHINE: Illuminating Black Stories” during Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (Feb, 2023—DATE TBD)

The 5 winning playwrights will each receive a stipend of $300 plus housing to attend the performances. For those playwrights unable to attend, they will receive a video link to the evening’s performances.



Join playwright Quinton Cockrell via Zoom for tips on what goes into writing a great monologue.  Young or old, experienced or not–all are welcome! 

To register, email:

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