The August Wilson Red Door Project is proud to host Portland’s August Wilson Monologue Competition for the fourth time.  Open to all high school students, the program introduces the work of August Wilson to the next generation of artists, audiences, and leaders. Supported by the Red Door, participating schools and community-based organizations, students choose a monologue from one of the ten plays in Wilson’s American Century Cycle. After preliminary auditions, 8-12 students will prepare to move on to the Regional Finals.  They will attend master classes with professional actors and directors and practice their monologues in a number of community presentations.


At the Regional Finals, judges will choose first, second, and third place winners who will receive $500, $250 and $100 cash prizes respectively.  The top two finalists will participate in the national August Wilson Monologue Competition, competing against finalists from the nine other cities at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway.

The Portland August Wilson Monologue Competition is supported by Ronni Lacroute, Priscilla and Dan Wieden, The James F & Marion L Miller Foundation, The Collins Foundation, PGE Foundation, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Oregon Cultural Trust, and a large group of individual supporters.

About the August Wilson Red Door Project

The mission of the August Wilson Red Door Project is to change the racial ecology of Portland through the art.  We envision a Portland where people from diverse backgrounds and experiences 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

  • Nov 30, 2017
    Application Deadline
  • Dec 9, 2017
    Competition Orientation
  • Jan 6 & Jan 7, 2018
  • Feb 26, 2018
    Portland Regional Finals
  • May 7, 2018
    National Finals

Other Information

2016 Application