Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company
is proud to announce the 14th season of the
Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition,
Still Standing.

2020 winners pictured left to right:
Taylor Jackson (2nd), Julius Shanks (1st), Casey Champion (3rd)
Photo Credit: LyllieGlo Photography

This year’s theme “Still Standing” is certainly befitting as we organizationally and artistically pivot through these unique times. We are committed to telling the stories that are TRUE to YOU, and we are dedicated to providing artistic opportunities to young creatives as they use their talents to transform and share with the world. One of those opportunities is our signature education program, the August Wilson Monologue Competition, and registration opens December 15, 2020 and closes February 7th, 2021. Though this year’s competition is virtual, we will maintain our traditional three competition rounds: preliminary, semi-finals and final. Please click here to apply. Additionally, we are hosting ten virtual school residencies and offering weekend workshops for students who need additional support throughout this process. Some schools/teachers/districts will be eligible for a free school residency (must be in the state of Georgia). Residency registration is now closed. The in-school virtual residencies will begin January 18, 2021 and will conclude February 19, 2021 (3-9 day options only). 

Note: The Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition is free for ALL students.

Registration information and important dates can be found on this page. Please review all forms and details and if there are any additional questions, please email us at AWMCatlanta@gmail.com. We look forward to having you join us this year and we send best wishes on your artistic journey.

About A.W.M.C.

The inspiration for the competition was sparked by two of August Wilson’s closest living collaborators, Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler. Kenny Leon, the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, worked closely with Wilson; directing most of the Century Cycle plays on Broadway and at regional theatres. Todd Kreidler, former Associate Artistic Director for Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, was Dramaturge for Wilson’s last play and Director of his one-man show. As a result, both have intimate knowledge of August Wilson as an artist and as a person. According to Kreidler, “The goal of the competition is to help garner partnerships with communities, schools, and theaters across the United States, and to create educational materials about August Wilson that allow students, of all races, to connect these important theatre works with educational curricula like history, social studies, and literature.”

Sponsored by:

Frances Wood Wilson Foundation

Important Dates:

REGISTRATION:

  • A.W.M.C. Student Registration Opening Date: December 15, 2020
  • A.W.M.C. Student Registration Closing Date: February 7, 2021
  • Residency Registration Open: December 15, 2020
  • Residency Registration Close: January 25, 2021
  • A.W.M.C. Preliminary Video Submission: February 8-19, 2021- Launchpad6
  • A.W.M.C. Virtual Preliminary Adjudication: February 15-20, 2021
  • A.W.M.C. Semi-finalist notification: February 21-22, 2021
  • A.W.M.C. Semi-finals Tech Rehearsal: March 3-4, 2021
  • A.W.M.C. Semi-finals: March 6, 2021
  • A.W.M.C. Sweet Sixteen Finalist Notification: March 9, 2021
  • A.W.M.C. Finals Video Submission: March 12-14, 2021
  • A.W.M.C. Finals Rehearsal: March 18, 2021
  • A.W.M.C. Finals: March 19, 2021

RESIDENCY:

Residency Registration Open: December 15, 2020
Residency Registration Close: January 25, 2021
A.W.M.C. Virtual Residency Dates: January 18, 2021- February 19, 2021
(Please note that the residency dates are not the entire month. There are three residency options: three- day, five -day or nine- day.)

School scheduling and availability will determine which is most appropriate for your respective school/district. After registrant submission, there is an interview followed by a notification of acceptance/regrets. The TCTC rep and site teacher/coordinator will determine the most appropriate schedule for the residency.

WORKSHOPS:

Due to the generous support of our donors, all A.W.M.C. student workshops are free. During these closed workshops, students will have the opportunity to work with our TCTC teaching artists. These workshops are for registered students from January 22, 2021 – February 20, 2021.

  • Saturday: January 23 (2:00 PM & 6:00 PM)
  • Friday: January 29 (7:00 PM)
  • Saturday: January 30 (2:00 PM & 6:00 PM)
  • Friday: February 5 (7:00 PM)
  • Saturday: February 6 (2:00 PM & 6:00 PM)
  • Friday: February 12, 19 (7:00 PM)
  • Saturday: February 13, 20 ( 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM)
Register for Your Workshop(s)

PRELIMINARY:

This year’s competition is virtual and all self-taping will be submitted here. This is a free submission platform and the submission dates are from February 8-19, 2021. Feedback will be provided by February 22, 2021.

VIDEO SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

The deadline for video submission is February 19th at 11:59 PM. Please be sure to go to launchpad6 to submit (click button to the right).

  1. Click on “Enter” in the top right corner.
  2. Create your account.
  3. Once you have created your account click “Enter” again in the top right corner and follow the instructions for submitting. 

Please remember that your monologue should be one-three minutes long. During this round, we are not evaluating for accuracy of text with a technical score. All evaluations will be based on your performance. During the semi-finals and final rounds, your cumulative score will be adjudicated based on performance and technical score. Attached are guidelines for self-tape. We also have this resource on our website. Feel free to peruse to get tips for your submission.

If you receive an error message when you attempt to login to the contest site or submit your entry, please ensure that you have verified your account. After registering for LaunchPad 6, an email will be sent to the email address you listed in your registration. Contained within that email is a link. When you click the link, this verifies your account. If you have additional problems logging in or submitting your video, please contact ntoombs@truecolorstheatre.org.

To enter the Contest, Contestants must do the following:

  • Register an account and upload and submit your video entry. Video files created using most digital cameras, camcorders and mobile phones such as in the .AVI, .MOV, .WMV, and .MPG file formats, are accepted.
  • Read and accept the terms and conditions and provide additional contact details, so we can contact you if you are selected for semi -finals. Your details will be used solely for the purpose of administering the competition.
    • The A.W.M.C. requires that you choose a monologue from a play in the American Century Cycle written by August Wilson. You may change your monologue prior to the preliminaries, during workshops, etc. The monologue you use in your preliminary audition must be the monologue used during the entirety of the competition. No exceptions.
    • Entries must be completed in accordance with the entry process set out above. No other method of entry will be accepted. Entries which do not meet these criteria may not be considered.
    • Entries will not be complete until Contestants have uploaded their video entry and accepted these Terms and Conditions. We reserve the right to disqualify any entries submitted and/or finalized after the Contest has closed.
    • The Contestant must keep a digital or hard copy of their video entry. If required, Contestants must supply the original recording of their video entry for use in connection with the Contest, including (but not limited to) for potential broadcast online or transmission by any electronic means.
    • All video entries will be subject to moderation. We and/or their agents have absolute discretion to accept or reject any video entry and to remove any video entry already accepted without giving reasons for the decision. We may in particular refuse to upload any video entry.
Video: Tips for Self-Taping
Click to Submit Your Video

SEMI-FINALS:

All semi-finalists will be notified on or before February 24, 2021. Please send an email to AWMCatlanta@gmail.com if you have not received a response by February 25, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST.

Semi-finals will be a live (virtual) presentation.  Students will be allowed to invite guests to view the student presentations. Semi-finals is on March 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

FINAL:

A.W.M.C. Virtual Regional Final will be March 19, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST. This event will be invitation only.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Due to the mature language and subject matter of the works of prolific writer, August Wilson, students must have parental consent to participate in the competition. We also ask that teachers, administrators and coaches support students in determining monologues that allow for culturally responsive instruction and support the comfort level of the student, parents/legal guardian or participating institution.

2020 Contestants

1. Casey Champion: Ruby, King Hedley II
2. Christina Brown: Aunt Ester, Gem of the Ocean
3. Elizabeth Lee: Black Mary, Gem of the Ocean
4. Jeremy Hood: Booster, Jitney
5. Jordan Rice: Vera, Seven Guitars
6. Joshua Israel: Becker, Jitney
7. Josiah Mitchell: Youngblood, Jitney
8. Julius Shanks: Toledo, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
9. Karma Bridges: Vera, Seven Guitars
10. Kerrington Jackson: Louise, Seven Guitars
11. Ketsia Alberto: Molly, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
12. Phyllise Tolliver: Berniece, The Piano Lesson
13. Tyonna Byers: Ma Rainey, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
14. Tyler Bey: Becker, Jitney
15. Taylor Jackson: Berniece, The Piano Lesson
16. Walker O’Brien: Louise, Seven Guitars

Photo Credit: LyllieGlo Photography

Guest Cohost

This year’s competition was hosted by actress, director and producer, Terri J. Vaughn. She first stole America’s heart with her comical portrayal of the lovable “Lovita Alizay Jenkins” on The Steve Harvey Show and she truly stole our hearts that night. After an impromptu blues song and words of wisdom for our young creatives, audience members left informed and entertained. Terri’s passion is to uplift and motivate young women to believe in themselves and she did this for us all. We were so grateful that she shared her gifts and talent with the TCTC family!!

Photo Credit: LyllieGlo Photography

2020 Judges

Eric Ayala

Ray Cornelius

Christopher Hampton

Helen Hampton

N.L. Starr

Our 2020 judges had a very difficult task, as the field of competitors was very strong.
We thank Eric Ayala, Ray Cornelius, Christopher Hampton, Helen Hampton and N. L. Starr for their service this year!

2020 Contestants

1. Casey Champion: Ruby, King Hedley
2. Christina Brown: Aunt Ester, Gem of the Ocean
3. Elizabeth Lee: Black Mary, Gem of the Ocean
4. Jeremy Hood: Booster, Jitney
5. Jordan Rice: Vera, Seven Guitars
6. Joshua Israel: Becker, Jitney
7. Josiah Mitchell: Youngblood, Jitney
8. Julius Shanks: Toledo, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
9. Karma Bridges: Vera, Seven Guitars
10. Kerrington Jackson: Louise, Seven Guitars
11. Ketsia Alberto: Molly, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
12. Phyllise Tolliver: Bernice, The Piano Lesson
13. Tyonna Byers: Ma Rainey, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
14. Tyler Bey: Becker, Jitney
15. Taylor Jackson: Bernice, The Piano Lesson
16. Walker O’Brien: Louise, Seven Guitars

Photo Credit: LyllieGlo Photography

Guest Cohost

This year’s competition was hosted by actress, director and producer, Terri J. Vaughn. She first stole America’s heart with her comical portrayal of the lovable “Lovita Alizay Jenkins” on The Steve Harvey Show and she truly stole our hearts that night. After an impromptu blues song and words of wisdom for our young creatives, audience members left informed and entertained. Terri’s passion is to uplift and motivate young women to believe in themselves and she did this for us all. We were so grateful that she shared her gifts and talent with the TCTC family!!

Photo Credit: LyllieGlo Photography

2020 Judges

Eric Ayala

Ray Cornelius

Christopher Hampton

Helen Hampton

N.L. Starr

Our 2020 judges had a very difficult task, as the field of competitors was very strong. We thank Eric Ayala, Ray Cornelius, Christopher Hampton, Helen Hampton and N. L. Starr for their service this year!

Registration Opens December 15th, 2020

I can confidently say this was the best experience I have ever had with a theatre competition. The True Colors members approached everyone with such love and treated us as true professional artists. They never failed to encourage and uplift every soul in the room, from beginning every session with high energy warm ups to making time to help and encourage the competitors individually. Not only did the team help in creating a comfortable atmosphere, but the beautiful group I competed with made the experience great as well!

Taylor Jackson (2nd Place)
Alabama School of Fine Arts