Goodman Theatre and Derrick Sanders, in collaboration with the Department of Performing Arts at The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the League of Chicago Theatres, and True Colors Theatre Company are proud to partner in presenting Chicago’s August Wilson Monologue Competition.

Open to Chicago area high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the competition gives students an opportunity to explore and share the richness of August Wilson’s Century Cycle.

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Congratulations to all the 2013 finalists! The 2013 finals were held on March 11, 2013 at the Goodman Theatre. Morgan Brown of Southland College Prep placed first, Branndin Laramore of Gallery 37 placed second, and John Carter of Chicago High School for the Arts placed third.

Esteemed judges for the Chicago Finals included celebrated actress and playwright Regina Taylor; Eamonn Walker, currently starring as “Battalion Chief Wallace Boden” in NBC’s hit drama “Chicago Fire”; Narda E. Alcorn, frequent stage manager for August Wilson productions on Broadway; and Christine Mary Dunford, Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre and Music at University of Illinois at Chicago and a Lookingglass Ensemble Member.

Students were asked to perform a 2-3 minute monologue of their choosing from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s Century Cycle.

The top three finalists participated in the national finals on May 5th and 6th in New York City. The finals included a weekend of activities around the competition. National prizes included scholarships of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for honorable mention.

To be considered, students must complete the application form and register for a time during the preliminary round. Students are asked to perform a 2-3 minute monologue of their choosing from one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s Century Cycle.

They are adjudicated by a panel of Chicago theatre professionals on the basis of preparedness, understanding of the text, emotional connection to the material, and commitment to the performance

The top three participants in Chicago receive $500, $250, and $100 scholarships, respectively and the opportunity to compete in the national finals in New York City.

For more information on the Chicago competition, visit:

Important Dates

  1. Feb 9, 2015Preliminary Auditions – Court Theatre
  2. Feb 10, 2015Preliminary Auditions – Victory Gardens Theater
  3. Feb 23, 2015Chicago Semi-Finals – University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Music
  4. Mar 10, 2015Chicago Finals – Goodman Theatre
  5. May 2 – 5, 20152015 National Finals – Broadway, NY