The August Wilson Red Door Project is proud to host Portland’s August Wilson Monologue Competition. Open to high school students, the program introduces the work of August Wilson to the next generation of artists, audiences, and leaders. Supported by the August Wilson Red Door Project and participating schools and community-based organizations, students choose one monologue each from August Wilson’s Century Cycle. Of the initial participants, 10-15 will become semi-finalists and move on to the regional finals. The semi-finalists will attend master classes with teaching artists Chantal DeGroat and Russell Hornsby to hone their performances during the spring. Students also have the opportunity to practice their monologues in a number of community presentations.


A panel of judges will choose three regional finalists to fly to New York City for the national finals. The regional first, second, and third place winners will receive a $500, $250 and $100 scholarship respectively.

The August Wilson Red Door Project has partnered with Self Enhancement Inc (SEI) and Portland Center Stage. SEI is one of the most comprehensive and effective youth development organizations in the country, serving over 2,500 inner-city young people and families in year-round academic enrichment and family support programs. The Portland August Wilson Monologue Competition is supported by Ronni LaCroute, Priscilla and Dan Wieden, The James and Marion Miller Foundation, The Collins Foundation, PGE Foundation, Friends of the Children founder, Duncan Campbell, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Isabel Sheridan and a large group of individual supporters.

About the August Wilson Red Door Project

Named “Best New Nonprofit” by Portland Monthly (“Light a Fire Awards,” October, 2012), the mission of the August Wilson Red Door Project is to change the racial ecology of Portland through the arts.We envision an inclusive and equitable Portland where people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, people whose attitudes and beliefs are different from one another, can live, work, play, and create together, and all people have the confidence, capacity, and opportunity to fulfill their highest human potential.

For more information about the competition, rules, and applications please visit: reddoorproject.org/awmc

Important Dates

  1. Nov 10, 2014Application Deadline
  2. Dec 6, 2014Competition Orientation
  3. Jan 9 & Jan 10, 2015Preliminary Auditions
  4. Mar 2, 20152014 Portland Finals
  5. April 30 – May 3, 20162016 National Finals – Broadway, NY