ROAR Story Slam 2020

ROAR Story Slam is back!

The ROAR Story Slam is a live storytelling competition held in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago where 5 to 6 finalists, who have been specially selected from our submission pool, will perform on stage presenting their unique, creative, and authentic Korean American story. Each finalist will have no more than six minutes to tell their stories, without the use of scripts nor props. A panel of distinguished judges will watch and score each performance, and announce the winners at the end of the event.

If selected, all finalists will be provided a free storytelling coaching session from our coach Sheila Ivy Traister – veteran actress, director, and story coach.



1st Place: $1000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $200



Submissions must in some way involve being Korean American, but may be about the extraordinary or the ordinary, tragic or funny, heavy or light.
Styles may vary and creativity is encouraged, but props are not allowed. Stories must be personal and true as remembered.

To enter, please submit a video of yourself telling your story no longer than 6 minutes.

New York City Deadline: Monday, March 2nd, 2020, 11:59 PM EST






Los Angeles ROAR Story Slam

Friday, February 28th, 2020
Dynasty Typewriter
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New York City ROAR Story Slam

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
SoHo Playhouse

Chicago ROAR Story Slam

July TBD




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New York City ROAR Story Slam 2019

1st Place Winner: Claire Choi “Grandma”

Los Angeles ROAR Story Slam 2019

1st Place Winner: Britt Adams “Family Reunion”

Chicago ROAR Story Slam 2019

1st Place Winner: Cassie Chee “Dear Halmoni”

Questions? Please contact roar@koreanamericanstory.org.