Los Angeles

The August Wilson Monologue Competition enables students from all walks of life to discover August Wilson’s profound and deeply relevant works of art, study the craft of acting, explore their own creative voices, and learn more about our shared history and themselves.

Center Theatre Group has been the Los Angeles home for the National August Wilson Monologue Competition since 2011. More than a contest, the August Wilson Monologue Competition is an educational journey that includes workshops with teaching artists where students hone their acting and storytelling skills, auditions where theatre professionals offer feedback to all participants, and an introduction to August Wilson and The American Century Cycle.



Current high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 from Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties are eligible to participate (verify your county at schoolfinder.us. Students must be enrolled in high school the whole school year and may not be older than 19 on the day of the National Finals (which take place in the spring) to participate in all stages of the program.


Sign up here to receive more information and a copy of the Registration Form for the 2017/2018 August Wilson Monologue Competition. We will follow up with you by email to confirm receipt of your interest and to verify that all provided information is correct. In order to participate in the Preliminary Auditions, you must complete a Registration Form provided to you by Center Theatre Group and attend an Orientation Meeting. Registration forms are due no later than Friday, October 27.

Visit the Los Angeles August Wilson Program page: www.centertheatregroup.org/AugustWilson

Important Dates

    • Oct 27, 2017
      Registration Deadline


    • Oct 4, 6, 7 and 9, 2017
      Orientation Sessions


    • Nov 18, 2017
      Preliminary Auditions


    • Dec 9, 2017


    • Jan 7, 2018
      Awards Ceremony


    • Jan 27, Feb 10, 24 and March 3, 2018
      Training and Rehearsals


    • Mar 5, 2018
      Regional Finals


  • May 5-8, 2018
    National Finals – Broadway, NY

Other Information

2017-2018 Application