National August Wilson Monologue Competition

The National August Wilson Monologue Competition is a celebration of the words of the playwright August Wilson, inspiring high school students to find and express themselves through theatre.

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ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM

National August Wilson Monologue Competition was founded in 2007 by True Colors’ then-Artistic Director Kenny Leon and then-Associate Artistic Director Todd Kreidler. Kenny and Todd, both of whom worked very closely with August Wilson, conceived of the program to honor his legacy and to ensure that his work remained alive across the generations. Since its introduction in one school in Atlanta, the program has grown to include sixteen regions, including Atlanta (GA), Boston (MA), Buffalo (NY), Chicago (IL), Dallas (TX), Greensboro (NC), Hampton Roads (VA), Las Vegas (NV), Los Angeles (CA), Milwaukee (WI), New Haven (CT), New York (NY), Pittsburgh (PA), Portland (OR), San Diego (CA), and Seattle (WA).

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August Wilson was an American playwright. His literary legacy is a series of ten plays, The American Century Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comic and tragic aspects of the African-American experience in the 20th century.

The top two winners from each regional competition participate in the National Finals, an all-expense paid trip to New York City* that includes:

  • Workshops with theatre professionals
  • Performance on Jujamcyn’s August Wilson Theatre on Broadway*
  • Ticket to a Broadway show*
  • Cash prizes for the top three winners

Interest in the August Wilson Monologue Competition continues to expand around the country. Our “shadow city” program is a two-year incubation period designed to help new regions design and test their programs. Currently, DC Metro (Washington, DC), Detroit/East Lansing (MI),and Urbana-Champaign (IL) are in the “shadow city” program. Our expansion plans are currently on hold as we navigate the implications of the pandemic on regional and National program implementation. However, if you would like information about bringing the August Wilson Monologue Competition to your city, please contact True Colors’ Managing Director Chandra Stephens-Albright at csa@truecolorstheatre.org.

About AWMC

ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM

National August Wilson Monologue Competition was founded in 2007 by True Colors’ then-Artistic Director Kenny Leon and then-Associate Artistic Director Todd Kreidler. Kenny and Todd, both of whom worked very closely with August Wilson, conceived of the program to honor his legacy and to ensure that his work remained alive across the generations. Since its introduction in one school in Atlanta, the program has grown to include sixteen regions, including Atlanta (GA), Boston (MA), Buffalo (NY), Chicago (IL), Dallas (TX), Greensboro (NC), Hampton Roads (VA), Las Vegas (NV), Los Angeles (CA), Milwaukee (WI), New Haven (CT), New York (NY), Pittsburgh (PA), Portland (OR), San Diego (CA), and Seattle (WA).

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August Wilson was an American playwright. His literary legacy is a series of ten plays, The American Century Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comic and tragic aspects of the African-American experience in the 20th century.

The top two winners from each regional competition participate in the National Finals, an all-expense paid trip to New York City* that includes:

  • Workshops with theatre professionals
  • Performance on Jujamcyn’s August Wilson Theatre on Broadway*
  • Ticket to a Broadway show*
  • Cash prizes for the top three winners

Interest in the August Wilson Monologue Competition continues to expand around the country. Our “shadow city” program is a two-year incubation period designed to help new regions design and test their programs. Currently, DC Metro (Washington, DC), Detroit/East Lansing (MI),and Urbana-Champaign (IL) are in the “shadow city” program. Our expansion plans are currently on hold as we navigate the implications of the pandemic on regional and National program implementation. However, if you would like information about bringing the August Wilson Monologue Competition to your city, please contact True Colors’ Managing Director Chandra Stephens-Albright at csa@truecolorstheatre.org.

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