The Huntington Theatre Company is thrilled to be the Boston home of the August Wilson Monologue Competition!
In 2016-17, our seventh year, we’re continuing to expand the competition! The Boston Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition uses a pyramid structure beginning at the classroom level. Classroom winners advance to a school-wide competition and the top student from each school moves on to the Boston Regional Competition at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. The first, second, and third place finalists at the Boston regional level receive scholarship prizes of $500, $250, and $100 respectively. Judges at the school and regional level include actors, directors, and playwrights from Boston’s vibrant theatre community, as well as Huntington Theatre Company staff and board members, and local leaders in arts education.
The competition is open to students of all backgrounds and abilities in grades 9-12 at high schools in the Greater Boston area. Registration will open September 1, 2016.
Teachers who register their school will receive a variety of resources including competition protocol and curricular materials created by the Huntington Theatre Company’s Education Department, based on our August Wilson residency program, to help integrate the competition into their curriculum, guide them in teaching a play by August Wilson, and coach students’ monologue preparation.
The Huntington Theatre Company’s August Wilson residency program is a partnership with ten Boston high schools: Another Course to College, Brighton High School, Boston Day and Evening Academy, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Dorchester Academy, Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, English High School, John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, McKinley South End Academy, and Snowden International School at Copley. Each school receives a 6-8 week residency in which Huntington Theatre Company staff and teaching artists visit classrooms once per week to introduce students to Wilson’s life and work, and teach lessons in textual analysis, voice, movement, and characterization. Each school’s residency culminates in a school-wide competition in January to select a winner to represent their school in the Boston regional finals.
Boston Teachers on the August Wilson Monologue Competition
Boston Students on the August Wilson Monologue Competition
The Huntington Theatre Company is the recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award.
For more information on the August Wilson Monologue Competition at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, visit http://www.huntingtontheatre.org/education/august-wilson/ or contact Alexandra Smith, Manager of Curriculum and Instruction, at firstname.lastname@example.org.